LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville City FC has already clinched a post-season berth, but head coach James O’Connor refuses to let his team rest on their laurels with five games remaining in the regular season.
"There's definitely no complacency. That will never be allowed here. Definitely not. We're really pleased heading into the playoffs with five games remaining...but we want to make sure we're focused on Saturday and make sure we get a good performance...especially in front of the home fans," O’Connor said.
Louisville City hosts Bethlehem Steel Saturday night at Slugger Field. Their last matchup was May 1st that ended in a 0-0 draw. It’s difficult to use that game tape for Saturday’s rematch. Louisville City FC has had a few personnel changes and Bethlehem exchanges players with their MLS-parent club in Philadelphia.
"That was awhile ago. I think the main thing was they just tried to limit our opportunities. They tried to stay pretty compact. So I think when they come here they're going to try to be doing the same type of thing and maybe catch us on a counter attack," said Chandler Hoffman, Louisville’s leading goal scorer.
The team is also trying to manage some frustrations of the past six games. After enjoying a 17-game unbeaten streak, the last six have been a struggle, with the team notching only one win in that span.
"If you look at probably the last six games, there's been mitigating circumstances," said O'Connor. "There's been times where we haven't done enough to win the game, but there's certainly been performances where we have done enough to win the game and haven't got anything."
The team is looking for a new streak to start down the homestretch.
"The important thing is the positioning in the playoffs. You want to be as high a seed as possible to get as many home games as possible. So these five last games are going to be really big for us," said Hoffman.
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