LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Charlotte Independence will visit a Louisville City FC side that has already clinched the No. 1-seed in the Eastern Conference as it battles to return to second place in the conference standings with a victory at Slugger Field. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Louisville City FC news and notes
Current record: 16-6-8, 56pts
Louisville played to a 0-0 draw with the Rochester Rhinos last Saturday night at Capelli Sport Stadium in its final road game of the season to complete a three-game trip to the Northeast.
In a tight match, Louisville held the Rhinos without a shot on target through the match, with center back Sean Reynolds putting in a stellar display to earn a place in the USL Team of the Week this past Tuesday.
With the draw, and other results last weekend, Louisville has clinched the top spot in the Eastern Conference for the first time in its history. City will host the No. 8-seed in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 USL Cup Playoffs on Friday, Oct. 20th at Slugger Field.
Louisville will be without Mark-Anthony Kaye (Canada), Greg Ranjitsingh (Trinidad and Tobago) and Speedy Williams (Jamaica) for Saturday's match due to international duty.
Charlotte Independence news and notes
Current record: 13-8-9, 48pts
The suffered a 1-0 loss to FC Cincinnati last Friday night at the Sportsplex at Matthews that saw the side's losing streak reach three games.
Charlotte had the chance to equalize in stoppage time from the penalty spot after a 75th-minute goal by Kevin Schindler had put FCC ahead, but Jorge Herrera's penalty kick was saved by Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt to allow the visitors to emerge with the victory.
The Independence fell to fourth place in the Eastern Conference going into this weekend after the Tampa Bay Rowdies took a 3-2 win against the New York Red Bulls II on Wednesday night to jump past them into second in the Eastern Conference.
Charlotte would claim a home playoff game for the first time in its history should it take victory on Saturday night, and see the Rochester Rhinos either lose or draw against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Louisville – GK: Greg Ranjitsingh, Tim Dobrowolski, Micah Bledsoe; D: Sean Totsch, Paco Craig, Oscar Jimenez, Tarek Morad, Sean Reynolds, Kyle Smith; M: Guy Abend, Paolo DelPiccolo, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Niall McCabe, Brian Ownby, Devon Williams, George Davis IV, Richard Ballard; F: Ilija Ilic, Luke Spencer, Cameron Lancaster
Charlotte – GK: Cody Mizell, Kainoa Likewise, Kyle Renfro; D: Dennis Castillo, Austin Yearwood, Bilal Duckett, Sam Vines, Joel Johnson, Henry Kalungi, Luke Waechter, Ashani Fairclough, Donnie Smith; M: Zev Taublieb, Callum Ross, Alex Martinez, Jun Marques Davidson, David Estrada, Lewis Hilton, Dennis Tchinde, David Spies; F: Yann Ekra, Caleb Calvert, Casey Townsend, Jorge Herrera, Jaime Siaj, Enzo Martinez, Jacob Bender
Louisville – Accumulation warning: Paco Craig
Charlotte – Accumulation warning: Donald Smith
REF: LUKAS SZPALA
AR1: Cory Richardson
AR2: Johann Pedolzky
4TH: Dean Morgan
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