Louisville City got an equalizer on a header from Abdou Thiam in the 70' to draw with visiting Indy Eleven Friday night at Slugger Field.
Thiam, who came on as a substitute in the 65', quickly made a difference for Louisville City.
“I knew my chance was going to come," Thiam said. "Even before coming in, Coach was telling me, ‘You’re going to have a chance. Just focus. You just need to finish it’ and if you look at the last game, I had chances. I used to be unlucky but today I was lucky to put it in.”
Louisville City coach John Hackworth brought on George Davis IV and Abdou Thiam as substitutes in the second half, and both provided an offensive spark.
"We went to playing two up high, 3-3-4, and that just meant that we were taking a lot of risks forward," Hackworth said. "Ultimately resulted in us getting back into the game and after we scored we went back to playing 4-3-3, so Abdou comes on and gives us a lift, so did George."
After LouCity drew even with Indy, the match took a turn toward the dramatic and both teams gathered near Indy's goalkeeper during a skirmish in the 79'.
"I would say that was playoff intensity and that you had both teams going forward and both teams were fighting to the very end for the opportunity, so it’s good," Hackworth said.
Indy Eleven coach Martin Rennie agreed, “It was a good game and there was a lot of intensity from both teams. Both sides were putting everything into the match. We’re a little disappointed that we didn’t get more, but it was a pretty even game. [Louisville] is a difficult place to come to. Given the setting, the field and everything else, both teams played pretty well."
Louisville City has 43 points on the season including 13 in the last five matches. The Boys in Purple are 7thin the Eastern Conference. Indy Eleven is 4th in the Eastern Conference with 47 points with three games in hand.