In his side’s dominating 4-1 win over Charleston Battery on Saturday night, midfielder Magnus Rasmussen earned Louisville City fans’ vote for Visionworks' Man of the Match.
A penalty kick drawn by forward Lucky Mkosana lead way for a 21’ Magnus Rasmussen rocket past Charleston Battery ‘keeper Joe Kuzminsky, doubling the Louisville City lead at 2-0. When asked how early after the penalty was drawn did Rasmussen know he would step to the spot, he didn’t hesitate to respond.
“As soon as Lucky went down,” said Rasmussen.
Magnus, who had been designated the team's preferred penalty kick taker before the match, had no issue putting his try in the net.
His strike continues a brilliant run of play in 2019 for the Denmark native. Rasmussen’s early offensive success has played a key role in the LouCity attack, tallying 10 shots on target through 12 appearances while adding his fifth goal of the year on Saturday night.
With Rasmussen and company’s win on Saturday, Louisville City improved to 2-0-1 on the week, including their Wednesday night win in the U.S. Open Cup over Birmingham Legion.
“We were creating opportunities and we could’ve scored more goals tonight and we probably should’ve, but it’s really nice to get four goals so I’m really happy for the team performance tonight,” added Rasmussen on his club’s win.
Rasmussen also had a goal later in the match when he scored off a cornerkick from Oscar Jimenez. Magnus, set up just outside the box and when Jimenez's pass came to him, he slammed a shot into the box and it bounced off a Charleston Battery defender and into the goal. The strike was ruled an "own goal" by game officials, but it helped solidify the fan vote in favor of Rasmussen.
After learning he earned Man of the Match honors, Rasmussen was quick to thank the Louisville City faithful for their support.
“They’re incredible,” said Rasmussen. “They stand behind us every time we’re playing at Slugger and I just love to see it.”
Up next for Rasmussen and the Boys in Purple is a June 8 matchup with Loudoun United FC. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Slugger Field.