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Louisville City FC hopes to clinch playoff spot in regular season finale at Slugger Field

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville City FC returns to Louisville Slugger Field Wednesday night still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the team's last regular season game at home.

After failing to clinch a spot in a weekend loss to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Coach James O’Connor said Tuesday his team is eager to get back to the field and focus on the task at hand.

“We need to be on our game so, hopefully, we can have a performance that we’re used to having,” O’Connor said. “Obviously they’re gonna come here full of confidence.”

Louisville will take on the Harrisburg City Islanders who are coming off a 6-0 win over FC Montreal on Saturday. O’Connor pointed to the team’s big win over the weekend as evidence of the potency of their attack.

“You do whatever it takes to try and win, different teams have different systems so you try and come up with different things to do.”

But Louisville City could be feeling the fatigue of a packed schedule of the past few weeks.

“It’s something we’ve spoken a lot about – mentality,” O’Connor said. “They won’t be the only players who’ve played three games in eight days, it happens quite regularly.”

Midfielder Juan Guzman will serve a one-match suspension Wednesday night for yellow card accumulation and defender Conor Shanosky remains questionable as he recovers from injuries to his nose and face.

“It’s difficult for him, obviously he had the mask and he took the mask off – which I’m sure didn’t go down well with our medical staff,” O’Connor said of Shanosky in the game against Pittsburgh. Shanosky came off the bench in the second half and could play a similar role Wednesday night.

“We’re trying to manage that and see how we can best serve that…obviously, it’s not ideal,” O’Connor said.

The team looks to bounce back from a sluggish performance that didn’t produce much offense over the weekend.

“We weren’t as free-flowing as we have been in other games for sure…but for me we still should have scored,” O’Connor said.

Striker Matt Fondy has been in the conversation for top-goal scorer in the USL over the past few weeks as the striker sits tied for second with Pittsburgh’s Rob Vincent – they both have 18 goals. They’re just two goals behind Oklahoma City’s Danni Konig, who has tied the USL season single record of 20 set by the former Orlando City’s Kevin Molino.

But Fondy said he doesn’t think about that.

“Just focusing on the game right now and the playoffs – getting in a good position and making a run,” He said.

After Wednesday night's game, the team will head to New York Red Bulls II for a game Saturday night.

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