Louisville City takes on Indy Eleven Friday night at 7 p.m. at Slugger Field. The Boys in Purple are on a four-match win streak and they are hosted one of their most heated rivals in a crucial match for USL Championship Playoff positioning.
"This is a key game, no question," Louisville City coach John Hackworth said. "When you can gain three points on a team ahead of you in the table - while also taking away three points that they could have won, that's why I call these six-point games."
Indy Eleven coach Martin Rennie knows this is a key match-up with both teams playing well, "It should be a good game for us. We played Louisville earlier in the season. The match had good tempo and we played well. Both teams are in pretty good form at the moment. It should be an interesting game for the players and the fans."
The teams drew on June 29 at Lucas Oil Stadium, pushing the all-time regular-season series deadlocked at 1W-1L-2D.
Last season, the two teams played three times with each team taking a win, a loss, and a draw. Indy Eleven won 1-0 on May 5 in Indy, the August 5th matchup ended in a 2-2 draw and LouCity won 1-0 in the regular-season finale on October 13.
Louisville City ended Indy Eleven's season last year, beating Indy 4-1 in the USL Championship Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Louisville City holds a 3-2-2 all-time series lead on Indy Eleven, but according to the fans, the series is much, much older. Using the hashtag #LIPAFC, Louisville City fans (and even the clubs) have joined in to create a shared history of the rivalry dating back for more than 100 years.
"I didn't know the history until the documentary series came out this week," Hackworth joked. "Indy is a good rival because they are so close and the last few times we have played them they have been good games. The last time we played I thought it was one of the highest-level soccer games I have seen this year."
Friday night is Fan Appreciation Night at Louisville City. Fans will be greeted at the door with a free pair of sunglasses and a soft case from First Financial bank. The club brought back fan favorites like drink specials - $3 domestic drafts and $5 draft and a hotdog combo - and a fan-favorite Mariachi Band will be playing on the concourse in pregame.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday night. The game will be televised on MyTV-58 locally and streamed on ESPN+. The radio broadcast will be on 840 WHAS.