Two of the Eastern Conference’s leading strikers will be at the center of the battle for the River Cities Cup this weekend, as Louisville City FC and Chandler Hoffman host FC Cincinnati and Sean Okoli on Saturday night at Slugger Field in the USL Game of the Week on ESPN3.
Hoffman was the star of the first meeting between the two clubs back in April, as his first-half hat trick propelled Louisville to a thrilling 3-2 win in front of 20,497 fans at Nippert Stadium. With 10 goals this season, Hoffman is replicating the form that saw him named to the USL All-League Team two seasons ago with the LA Galaxy II, and has been the focal point for an attack that leads the USL in goals.
Okoli was held off the scoresheet in the first contest, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. The former New England Revolution forward finished the game with four shots, two of which forced saves from Louisville goalkeeper Scott Goodwin. With seven tallies this season for the expansion side, Okoli has also shown a flair for the acrobatic, most notably in his brilliant volley against the Charlotte Independence at Cincinnati’s home opener that found its way onto that night’s SportsCenter Top 10 and won the USL's Goal of the Month competition for April.
With not only bragging rights at stake, but also conference position as two of the top three teams in the East square off, which forward do you think will shine brightest on Saturday night?