Louisville City is getting hot at just the right time. The club is on a six-game undefeated streak and is moving closer to clinching a playoff spot with each new week.
After training Tuesday, Louisville City coach John Hackworth explained what is going so well for his team right now.
"We're just being good on the defensive side of the ball and guys are making plays," Hackworth said. "We are also believing in our attack and we are putting together performances that are more consistent. And we are doing all this against some quality opponents in some quality places so we feel confident for sure."
Louisville City is one of only two clubs in the East (Birmingham being the other) undefeated in the last six matches.
"I have really said all along that we believe we are capable of this and more," Hackworth said. "This success is not a surprise to us. We understand the accountability that we have to go do it. Now that we are through that stretch we can't take our eyes off our next opponent."
Louisville City will travel to Connecticut Friday to take on Hartford Athletic at 7 p.m. at Dillon Stadium.
"We're playing a Hartford team that's pretty hot right now," Hackworth said. "They are in good form and they are feeling it. They have added some new players who are playing very well for them. We have to go to their place and that's a challenge for us. At the same time, we feel confident about what we do and we'll try to build a plan to go there and take away some of the things that Hartford has done well in the past few games. And at the same time, we want to see if we can do a better job of creating some chances and finishing on the attacking side."
Hackworth said he was pleased with the way his team performed at Pittsburgh Saturday.
"I thought our build-up play against Pittsburgh was excellent," Hackworth said. "The facility, the surface, the size, and the team you are playing make it really difficult to go to Pittsburgh and have the kind of build-up play that we had, so I was really happy with that. I thought their goalkeeper made some really good saves, but they also got some key blocks in there so you have to give them credit, otherwise I think we would have come away from there with a couple more points."
Louisville City will regain the service of Paco Craig, who is returning from a Yellow Card accumulation suspension. The Boys in Purple will also gain Speedy Williams and Shaun Francis back from the Jamaican National Team.
"It means we have one of our veterans and our key players back on the field for us," Hackworth said. "I thought Taylor and Alexis did an excellent job on the back line and moving Totsch to the midfield I was really happy with his performance. These are things I say a lot, but we are a team. We are not about any one individual, and there's no one individual that's bigger than any other guy. Our expectation is that when your name is called you step up and fill whatever shoes of the guy that was previously there."