FC Cincinnati pays a visit to rival Louisville City FC for the second USL league meeting of the season between these two sides. The Orange and Blue recently found respite from their jam-packed schedule, when their midweek US Open Cup match against Miami FC was cancelled due to inclement weather.
These two teams met for a 1-1 stalemate at Nippert in league play in April. Former Louisville City captain Aodhan Quinn scored a second half goal to rescue a draw for the Orange and Blue. More recently these teams locked horns in the US Open Cup, again on Cincinnati’s home field. FCC ended their adversary’s cup run with a 1-0 victory. Djiby, in true Djiby fashion, scored the game winner.
Louisville City currently sits in second place on 29 points after 15 matches played. FC Cincinnati slots in four places behind them in sixth, but Alan Koch’s side has played three more games than their Southern foe.
Keep an eye on injury news leading up to this match. FC Cincinnati had four key starters unfit to compete against Miami FC including Harrison Delbridge, Austin Berry, Justin Hoyte, and Andrew Wiedeman.
Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Saturday’s contest.
- FC Cincinnati has a good record all-time against Louisville City FC. The Orange and Blue are 2-1-2 against their Dirty River rival in all competitions, but four of the five matches have been played at Nippert Stadium.
- Brian Ownby is the key to Louisville City’s attack. The former Houston Dynamo and Richmond Kickers striker is joint leader in goals (4), assists (3), shots on target (14), and chances created (24).
- Louisville City has scored 22 goals in 15 games, but only one from a set piece and no headed goals all season. Compare this to eight headed goals for FC Cincinnati (40% of their total).
- Midfield stalwart Kenney Walker leads FC Cincinnati with 787 total passes. He also leads the team in chances created (28) and is joint leader in assists (3), despite missing four regular season matches through injury.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of Saturday’s contest.