Louisville City FC’s loaded roster for the 2019 season is beginning to take shape now that several players have returned to full health. And just in time, too, as LouCity has embarked on a two-game week, beating Reading United 3-0 Wednesday night in the Open Cup and hosting Saint Louis FC in USL Championship play tonight at Slugger Field.
TV >> WBKI locally, ESPN+ streaming
Radio >> 840 WHAS locally, iHeartRadio app
This week the Boys in Purple saw four players, forward Richard Ballard, goalkeeper Chris Hubbard and midfielders Geoff Dee and Elijah Wynder make their season debuts Wednesday night in a 3-0 win over Reading United in the Open Cup. Those four were part of an 18 that gave some regular starters a break and extra time to recover after last week’s 3-0 win vs Birmingham Legion FC.
After some struggles with injuries earlier this season, Louisville City has started to climb the Eastern Conference table again, but LouCity currently trails third-place Saint Louis FC by two points. Coach John Hackworth knows his squad has its work cut out for it.
“Saint Louis is going to be a tough test for us, and the turn-around in between Open Cup and then back to the USL Championship schedule isn’t easy,” Hackworth said. “But we planned for this and we executed the plan Wednesday night. Hopefully we can do the same on Saturday.”
Saint Louis has only lost once this season, a 3-2 loss at Birmingham Legion on April 13. Since then, they have drawn vs. the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, beat the Swope Park Rangers 3-1, had a game postponed against the Ottawa Fury and drew 0-0 vs. Charleston Battery.
Louisville City is 3-4-1 against Saint Louis all-time, including some games in USL play and others in Open Cup action.
Saturday’s match is LouCity’s Military Appreciation Night. The club set aside 500 free tickets for active military and military veterans as a small Thank You for their service.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:06 p.m. and the match will be televised locally on WBKI and nationally on ESPN+ streaming. The radio broadcast is on 840 WHAS and the iHeart Radio App.