MATAS | LouCity plays to 3-3 draw in O'Connor's final game
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB)-- Louisville City FC played to a 3-3 draw with the New York City Red Bulls II on Saturday night at Louisville Slugger Field.
It was James O'Connor's final game as head coach of Lou City. He took the head coaching position with Orlando City of Major League Soccer. That move was announced on Friday. At the same time it was revealed that O'Connor would coach one final game before turning the team over to a three-person joint player/head coach committee of Paolo DelPiccolo, George Davis and Luke Spencer.
O'Connor saw a wild game in his Louisville swan song.
Lou City took a 2-0 lead in to the break after Cameron Lancaster scored twice in the first half. But as has been the pattern of late, the Boys in Purple blew that lead. Brian White, Cristian Casseres, and Tom Barlow all scored 2nd half goals for the Red Bulls. The last of which came in the 87th minute and it looked like the O'Connor era would end with a loss.
However nearly five minutes in to stoppage time Oscar Jimenez connected with Magnus Rasmussen to level the match in the closing seconds.
It's a five-game winless streak for Louisville City, something they need to get figured out. But that will be a problem for DelPiccolo, Spencer, and Davis. O'Connor's terrific time with Lou City is over.
"Obviously really difficult. We have tremendous players and I think when you look at the quality of the group that's here, you look at the relationships that we've built here, it's obviously really hard," O'Connor said after the match. "Even the fight there at the end, to comeback and get the draw. It shows you the type of spirit that they have."
O'Connor now takes the head coaching job with a team he suited up for in his playing days.
"It's not just (Major League Soccer), it's Orlando," he said. "Orlando has such a special place in my heart."