Louisville City FC has never suffered defeat on its home turf in the USL Cup Playoffs, Indy Eleven will try to change that in Saturday night's clash. | Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC opens its bid to make USL Cup Playoffs history on Saturday night as the No. 2-seed in the Eastern Conference hosts regional rival and No. 7-seed Indy Eleven at Slugger Field to kick off LouCity’s defense of its USL Cup a season ago. #LOUvIND kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be watched live on ESPN+ in the United States and YouTube internationally, and followed live via the USL Match Center.
@LouCityFC earned its fourth consecutive top-two finish in the Eastern Conference by recording a six-game winning streak to wrap up the regular season as it outscored its opponents 17-3 over that span. That streak included a 1-0 victory against Indy Eleven last Saturday night at Slugger Field that saw Cameron Lancaster score his 25th goal, completing a historic regular season that saw the English forward claim the USL single-season goalscoring record.
@IndyEleven reached the USL Cup Playoffs at its first attempt thanks to a retooled squad led by Head Coach Martin Rennie that saw newcomers including goalkeeper Owain Fôn Williams and forward Jack McInerney lead the side to a season that included some impressive results against fellow Eastern Conference contenders. Set-piece specialist Ayoze could be a key figure if Indy is going to make a run this postseason, having finished 15th in the league with 57 chances created.
11 – Eleven of the 13 players that appeared for Louisville City FC in the 2017 USL Cup are with the team as it begins its title defense.
7 – Indy Eleven is winless in its last seven road outings, a run that includes defeats in its last four road contests.
FiveThirtyEight.com Match Predictor: Louisville City FC 77%, Indy Eleven 23%
Louisville City FC – GK: Greg Ranjitsingh; D Kyle Smith, Paco Craig, Sean Totsch, Oscar Jimenez; DM: Speedy Williams, Paolo DelPiccolo; AM: Brian Ownby, Niall McCabe, George Davis IV; F: Cameron Lancaster
Indy Eleven – GK: Owain Fôn Williams; D: Kevin Venegas, Karl Ouimette, Reiner Ferreira; M: Seth Moses, Matt Watson, Nico Matern, Dylan Mares, Ayoze; F: Justin Braun, Jack McInerney
Louisville – None
Indy – None
REF: Mark Allatin
AR1: Ian McKay
AR2: Jeffrey Swartzel
4TH: Lukasz Szpala