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Louisville City falls hard in return to Slugger Field with 4-0 loss to FC Montreal

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Kadeem Dacres races up field with the ball during Louisville City's 4-0 loss to FC Montreal Aug. 5. (Photo by Adam Creech) Kadeem Dacres races up field with the ball during Louisville City's 4-0 loss to FC Montreal Aug. 5. (Photo by Adam Creech)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After two comeback victories in a row, costly mistakes in the first half put Louisville City too far behind FC Montreal for a third Wednesday night.

In the team’s return to Louisville Slugger Field after three games on the road, a 3-0 deficit at half time was too much for an offense that struggled to connect all night and it eventually widened to 4-0 for the final score -- snapping Louisville's six-game win streak.

“The second half we had a lot of chances, we probably deserved a goal, but you cannot play the way we did the first half,” coach James O'Connor said. 

Giveaways in the midfield led to offensive breaks for the visitors and easy openings to slot shots past Louisville’s keeper Scott Goodwin.

“I think you can’t start games like that,” O'Connor said.

Charlie Adams left the game late in the first half with what appeared to be a strain to the left leg. The midfielder was replaced with forward Ilija Ilic as James O’Connor pushed his players further up the pitch on the attack.

As the chances mounted for Louisville’s pressing offense, the goals just weren’t there.

“I think one of those chances goes in early and it changes the game,” Juan Guzman said.

FC Montreal’s keeper Maxime Crépeau was able to make a number of saves as Louisville forwards earned shots, keeping out a number of solid chances.

"Credit to him, big saves. But I think we had enough opportunities to put one or two away,” said Guzman.

The second half came together much better for Louisville's offensive chances, but they just couldn't put any away.

“I thought we did get [chances] second half, we just needed to take them,” O'Connor said. 

A late chance on a free kick from just outside the box saw Kadeem Dacres sky the ball over the crossbar, putting the cap on Louisville City’s night with 6,836 in attendance. 

Guzman said the team is focused on the big picture after a disappointing result. 

“We’re still sitting in second place with eight games to go,” he said.

The team has the weekend off before traveling to Harrisburg next Wednesday. 

Photo by Adam Creech.

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