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Louisville City hosts Ottawa on International Night

By LouCity, 04/16/19, 2:15PM EDT

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Louisville City returns to Slugger Field Saturday night vs. a familiar foe, the Ottawa Fury. Our Boys in Purple will be looking for three points against a Fury club that seems to be much-improved over previous years. 

Ottawa finished the 2018 season 13-15-6 and finished the 2017 season 8-10-14 overall. But this year’s squad appears to be tougher. Ottawa is off to a 2-1-1 start to 2019, the first time they have had a winning record since July of last season.

The Fury tied Charleston Battery 1-1 and beat Birmingham Legion 1-0 at the start of the season. Then, after two weeks off, Ottawa fell 3-0 to Nashville SC then beat Loudoun United 2-0.

Louisville City is coming off a frustrating few weeks due to injury and tough luck. City lost to Birmingham Legion 3-2 on March 31 and then fell 1-0 to Pittsburgh on a controversial penalty kick on April 6. Despite missing four starters due to injury, LouCity brought a point home from league-leading Tampa Bay last weekend.

“To get a point at Tampa Bay was really important, and now we need to build on it,” Louisville City coach John Hackworth said. “We have dealt with so much adversity – so many injuries – so for us to get a result, I can’t say enough about the guys in that locker room.”

Starting forwards Luke Spencer and George Davis IV may rejoin the lineup this weekend after taking time off with hamstring strains, and LouCity may also get playmaking midfielder Sunny Jane back healthy after an ankle injury. 

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The game is televised locally on WBKI-CW and nationally on ESPN+. LouCity radio broadcasts are all available on the iHeart Radio app and locally on 840 WHAS.