LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville City FC is preparing to play rival FC Cincinnati on Saturday night at Louisville Slugger Field.
Louisville is coming off a tough 3-1 loss in Charlotte, but the team hasn’t lost back-to-back games this season.
FC Cincinnati is one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and the last time Louisville City earned three points against their rival was last year, the first time the two teams met.
“They're a talented group," forward Luke Spencer said. "They have a lot of confidence from the U.S. Open Cup right now. They're difficult, they're big, physical, and they've got some threats on their team."
When the team met three weeks ago, Louisville fell 3-2 in front of 11,000 fans. This time, the club is hoping to sell out. S, head coach James O’Connor is reminding his team that rivalry games with large crowds can bring even larger emotions.
“For us, it's trying to make sure we focus on the things we can control, play in the areas we want to play in and not necessarily be influenced by the game and the emotional aspect of it," O'Connor said. "It'll be a big crowd, it's against your big rival, and we need to stay mentally in-tuned to the game and focus on what we believe will allow us to go on and get success."
The fact that the team hasn’t lost back-to-back games all year is comforting to players heading into Saturday’s match.
“We have a really tough group of guys, physically and mentally, so I think when we have made mistakes, we've been able to correct them," defender Sean Totsch said. "I see this as another opportunity to right our mistakes."
As of Thursday afternoon, the club has sold more than 10,000 tickets with two days to go.
“I think we're going to get an opportunity to get a record crowd which would be incredible," O'Connor said. "I think our supporters, throughout the course of my time here, have been brilliant. They've always stepped up. We've set a record of sales early on in the week, and that's continued. So we're really excited and really looking forward to Saturday's game."
If the team sells out Slugger, that means 13,101 fans will be in attendance Saturday night.
Game is set for 7:30 p.m.
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