Audio: Rivalry Match with “Added Edge” on the Horizon

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Will Seymore / Photo: JES Photography

Orange and Blue Press checked in with Alan Koch and Will Seymore at FC Cincinnati’s training session on Tuesday. It was their second of the week following a resolute 1-0 road victory against Indy Eleven last Saturday.

Alan Koch agreed with Louisville City’s head coach James O’Connor’s assessment of the Dirty River Derby as the best rivalry in the USL today.

“It has extra meaning for our fans. When it has extra meaning for them, it has extra meaning for us too, . . .The distance between the two cities and the history of sports between the two cities adds to it. The games that we’ve actually played against each other add to it. That adds a different element, but at the end of the day it’s just a three-point game.” 

Here more from coach Koch on his mindset going into Saturday’s rivalry match (0:19).

Will Seymore also gave us his thoughts heading into this weekend’s encounter with LCFC. This will be his first taste of the rivalry, and he’s looking forward to playing in front of a crowd that’s “next level, and the best in America.” Seymore is in the spotlight after playing a key role in FC Cincinnati’s recent win against Indy Eleven. He came in as an early substitute for the concussed Kenney Walker, who left the match following a violent challenge from Indy forward Jack McInerney.

Will had the following to say about what he knows of FC Cincinnati’s biggest rivalry match.

“I’ve heard stuff on Twitter from some of the fans. I’ve played in England a lot, so I know about rivalries and derbies. I understand their importance to the fans. It’s obviously going to have that added edge, but as a player as much as we want to beat a rival, we still have to get three points, . . .it doesn’t matter who it is.”

Hear more for Will on trying to stay grounded for the upcoming match (0:26).

In related news, Indy Eleven forward Jack McInerney received a retroactive one-game suspension for his dangerous tackle against Kenney Walker. Walker was back at a local hospital on Monday being evaluated for his concussion. He is listed as day-to-day but there’s a decent chance Will Seymore will be called upon once again to help anchor FC Cincinnati’s midfield against Louisville.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for a special edition of our “Match Program” preview, and more coverage of the build-up to Saturday’s Dirty River Derby.

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