LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville City FC hopes to bounce back after Saturday’s loss to the worst team in the Eastern Conference Standings.
Disappointment and anger filled the locker room after last Saturday’s loss in Harrisburg. But the team believes the loss came at a good time and gave them a reality check of sorts.
“We don't necessarily get outworked in games, and so for that to happen to us in that game was gut-wrenching for us,” midfielder Oscar Jimenez said.
“Throughout the course of the season, something like that will happen, head coach James O’Connor said. "It's always how you cope and how you react to it, and that's something we've spoken about. You can't control what happened last Saturday. You can control how you're going to train and how you're going to prepare for the next game.”
After a loss, forward Luke Spencer is getting back to the basics.
“You have to respond immediately," he said. "You can't wait for the next game. You have to get back to the training ground and make sure that the intensity is there."
That’s one thing that hasn’t been missing this week in training.
“Everybody at training this week has been working harder than we have before," Jimenez said. "That was a tough loss for us, so I mean it's not like us to get outworked in games. So just coming out harder this week is our focus."
“There's a frustration that you've been beaten. I think that certainly happens," O'Connor said. “I think we're all pretty intense because we're serious and we're desperate to do well for each other, for our fans and for the owners.”
With Saturday’s game quickly approaching, players are looking forward to a shot at redemption in front of their home crowd.
“The atmosphere at home is great," Jimenez said. "The fans give us that extra push even when it's the 85th or 90th minute. You can see some of our guys just pushing through it, so it's great to be back at home."
“Harrisburg is a physical team," Spencer said. "You know last Saturday we didn't match the physicality, so that's something we're looking to do this weekend."
Louisville City FC kicks off against Ottawa Fury FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Louisville Slugger Field.
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