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In another home romp, Louisville City FC showed all the ways it can beat you

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 05/30/24, 9:46AM EDT


Emphatic 5-1 victory at home to Detroit City kept side perfect at Lynn Family Stadium and on record-setting pace

Louisville City FC has recorded 27 goals in six home games in the USL Championship this season, putting on course to set a new USL Championship single-season record. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC

By the numbers this season, Detroit City FC had one of the better defensive records in the USL Championship through its first eight games.

When it comes to Louisville City FC’s attack, however, how good your defense might be doesn’t seem to matter when you visit Lynn Family Stadium.

For a seventh occasion across the Championship’s regular season and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, LouCity put up their standard minimum of three goals – and then tacked on a couple more for good measure – in a 5-1 romp that continued the home domination Head Coach Danny Cruz’s side has delivered so far this season.

What’s more, LouCity showed all the ways it can beat you.  

After going behind for the first time at home this season 11 minutes before halftime, the hosts responded by showing off their players’ versatility. Recycling a free kick on the right that had been half-cleared, Wes Charpie showed off his old instincts as a full back to deliver a pin-point cross to fellow center back Arturo Ordoñez for a crisp header home.

The move to take the lead three minutes after the break, meanwhile, was simple, effective teamwork. Shifting his speeds on the left, Jake Morris kept possession alive and drew an extra defender’s attention. That created space for Adrien Perez, who was as elusive as he was patient to retain possession before finding Jorge Gonzalez for a give-and-go Perez tucked away beautifully.

The third and fourth to seal the game were great moments of individualism. DCFC’s Stephen Carroll is a fine defender, but Wilson Harris’ tight control and turn inside the right half of the penalty area as he deked to shoot shook Carroll before he produced a precise finish to the top-left corner. Then Morris – who had had sighters in the first half – delivered a precise low finish to the bottom-right corner.

“Once we got one, I think the mindset was ‘we’re going to push to get another three,’” said Harris. “That’s kind of how it is right now at home, and we’ve just got to keep pushing ourselves to always do that.”

To put a final bow on proceedings, LouCity’s pressure created one of the six instances in which it won possession in Detroit’s defensive third before Sam Gleadle was brought down in the penalty area. Harris stepped up to dispatch the penalty kick for his 10th of the season.

Handed the captain’s armband for the night, the 24-year-old delivered another vintage performance.

“I think we have a leadership group where the five of them are capable to wear the armband,” said Cruz. “I felt Willie tonight deserved the opportunity to wear it, and I thought he did an excellent job. You know, I’ve talked to these guys about it. It’s something you don't take for granted. It’s an honor, I think, if any manager asked you to wear it, and I thought he did a great job tonight.”

Louisville City FC has now scored 27 goals in six regular season games on home turf this season. That’s already six goals more than it scored in the regular season a year ago, when the side’s attack sputtered uncharacteristically resulting in LouCity’s lowest regular season finish in its history.

Louisville City FC's Wilson Harris moved to 10 goals this season on Wednesday night, putting him second in the race for the USL Championship Golden Boot. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC

While it’s almost impossible for the current pace of 4.5 goals per home regular season game to be sustainable, Louisville has already equaled the single-season record for the most five-goal performances in a Championship regular season with four. It’s also more than halfway to the record set by Phoenix Rising FC in 2019 of 51 home regular season goals in 17 contests.

Harris, meanwhile, has a chance at both his first 20-goal campaign and becoming the first player to be both the Championship’s Young Player of the Year – earned in 2020 with Sporting Kansas City II – and Player of the Year, having already surpassed his goal total from last year’s regular season.

Adding to the scene, a midweek crowd of 10,385 that provided vocal backing throughout as the highest-scoring club in the Championship put on another show.

“When you come into an atmosphere like this, it’s really difficult to not leave everything you have on the field for the people that are up and down, screaming the entire game,” said Cruz. “This place is difficult for teams to come to and [the fans are] a huge reason that that’s the case. We know that it will continue because that's the type of support we here have here in this community.”

Put it all together and you have the team, the leadership and the support that has made Lynn Family Stadium the strongest fortress in the Championship this season, just as Cruz and his players envisioned.

“I think the players have certainly taken that message on board. The performances at home, for the most part, have been excellent,” said Cruz. “We need to continue to put on performances like that at home. It gives us the best chance to progress throughout the season and finish on the table where we want to be.”

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