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WASATCH WINTER CUP: LouCity Claims Title, Downs Monarchs

By USLChampionship.com Staff, 02/23/20, 8:21AM EST

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Thiam, Lancaster, Ownby on target in 2019 Final rematch; Omaha earns victory against Switchbacks

HERRIMAN, Utah – Louisville City FC won the 2020 Wasatch Winter Cup with a 3-1 victory against Real Monarchs SLC on Saturday morning at the Zions Bank Training Center. The result reversed that of the 2019 USL Championship Final as LouCity saw Abdou Thiam, Cameron Lancaster and Brian Ownby all found the net in the first half.

“I'm really pleased with the performance,” said Louisville Head Coach John Hackworth. “We really executed in all phases. It was a great way to end a long trip like this. I really felt good about our preparation and then when you have those ideas and then your players go out and implement it, it's a really nice thing.”

LouCity took the lead in the eighth minute when Ownby found space down the left side and delivered a back-post cross that found Thiam alone for a first-time finish from a narrow angle.

The visitors then struck twice in two minutes to take a three-goal advantage. The first came off a corner kick in the 25th minute from the right which saw Oscar Jimenez’s delivery find Magnus Rasmussen, whose initial effort fell to Lancaster to put home from close range.

A minute later, Ownby again got in on the left side and fired a shot that took a deflection off a Monarchs defender and found the net at the near post. The Monarchs hit back in the 34th minute when newcomer Dayonn Harris delivered a cross from the right that was headed into the left corner of the net by Kyle Coffee, but the hosts were unable to get any closer during the second half.

UNION OMAHA 1, COLORADO SPRINGS SWITCHBACKS FC 0: USL League One expansion side Union Omaha completed a successful week in Utah with its first victory in club history as Juan Mare scored the only goal against the Switchbacks.

Mare scored two minutes before halftime to break the deadlock, ensuring Omaha ended the week in second place in the tournament and undefeated during its three-game stint in Utah.

2020 Wasatch Winter Cup

Team GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
Louisville City FC 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5 7
Union Omaha 3 1 0 2 2 1 +1 5
Real Monarchs SLC 3 0 1 2 2 3 -1 2
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 3 0 2 1 0 4 -4 1

 

RESULTS
Sunday, February 16

Real Monarchs SLC 0, Union Omaha 0
Louisville City FC 3, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 0

Wednesday, February 19
Real Monarchs SLC 0, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 0
Louisville City FC 1, Union Omaha 1

Saturday, February 22
Louisville City FC 3, Real Monarchs SLC 1
Union Omaha 1, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 0

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