FC Cincinnati pays a visit to rival Louisville City FC on Saturday for their third and final league meeting of the USL season. These teams last met less than a month ago on July 15th in Kentucky. The Orange and Blue left Slugger Field with 3-2 victory in that match, in front of over 1,000 traveling supporters. Danni König’s 77th minute strike proved to be the game winner.
These sides also met for a 1-1 stalemate at Nippert back in April. Former Louisville City captain Aodhan Quinn scored a second half goal to rescue a draw for Alan Koch’s side.
Louisville City currently sits in fourth place on 35 points after 19 matches played. FC Cincinnati slots in two places behind them in sixth, but Alan Koch’s side has played three more games than their Southern foe. Louisville is recovering from a bad defeat in North Carolina. They were toppled 3-1 by the impressive Charlotte Independence at Mecklenburg County Sportsplex.
FC Cincinnati’s lineup will likely be influenced by next Tuesday’s US Open Cup semifinal matchup against the New York Red Bulls. Djiby Fall should feature at forward on Saturday given the fact that he is suspended for next week’s cup semifinal. Aodhan Quinn will miss the match against his old club. He is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Saturday’s contest.
- Local boy and former FC Cincinnati striker Luke Spencer is now Louisville City’s joint top scorer after netting two goals in the past three matches.
- FC Cincinnati undoubtedly has two bona fide goal-scorers. Danni König now has 8 goals on the season, and while König doesn’t generate as many shots as Djiby, his conversion rate (goals/shots) of 42% is almost 20% higher than Djiby’s. He’s scored 8 goals on just 19 total shots.
- If you ignore FC Cincinnati’s recent goal-fest at Slugger Field, Louisville City has only conceded 3 total goals in their other 7 home games this season, which is a 0.43 Goals Against Average (GAA). It makes FC Cincinnati’s July victory look even more impressive.
- Louisville City and FC Cincinnati both take a lot of shots. At 291 and 273 respectively, they rank third and fourth in the Eastern Conference in total shots. They both have the same middling conversion rate of 14% however, which means it takes them both a lot of shots to generate a goal.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of Saturday’s Dirty River Derby.