LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The USL Cup is staying in the Derby City.
Louisville City FC used a 62nd-minute goal from Luke Spencer to beat Phoenix Rising FC for its second consecutive USL Cup. Spencer was one of three players who were thrust into player-coach roles for a few weeks during the season.
The match, played this year at Lynn Stadium on the University of Louisville campus, was broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Phoenix Rising FC features world-renowned Didier Drogba, who played for nearly 10 seasons with Chelsea of the Premier League.
John Hackworth took over as Louisville City coach in early August after James O'Connor left for a job in the MLS. Hackworth went 12-4-2 with the team and knew early on that he had a pretty special group.
"We had a couple of moments where it was testy, but credit to them because they wanted to be pushed," said Hackworth. "They wanted to be coached. Every time we challenged them they said what more. It's just fantastic. Storybook, fairy-tale, it's just fantastic."
Louisville City FC is the first back-to-back champion in USL history and second team to win two USL Cups, joining Orlando City, which won it in 2011 and 2013.
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