LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A sellout crowd of 7,025 packed into Lynn Stadium on Thursday night for the 2018 USL Cup as fans of both Louisville City FC and Phoenix Rising FC provided an incredible backdrop to the final game of the eighth season in the league’s modern era.
While LouCity made history in becoming the first back-to-back USL Cup champion thanks to Luke Spencer’s goal in the 62nd minute, the energy provided by the home fans continued the outstanding support the club has seen over its first four seasons in the league.
“It was so awesome. It’s so energizing and it was the same way last year in the finals,” said Louisville captain Paolo DelPiccolo. "Even though there were a few more people at Slugger last year than this year, but they’re right on top of you and it created such a good atmosphere. I was talking to one of my buddies, too, who was watching the game and he said, ‘Your fans are smart. They’re educated’.
“They stand up. Even a casual fan would only celebrate a goal whereas when we get a switch or get on a break, you hear the energy in the stands lift. So that’s just credit to the fans and the community because they’re educated fans.”
Here are some of the sights and sounds from the 2018 USL Cup.
Good luck to everyone associated with @PHXRisingFC in The @USL Cup Final Tonight! Delighted to see the progress and achievements the club has made this season. Hoping for one more big win! Just don’t forget I started things off for you guys pic.twitter.com/QSzMotArVj— Luke Rooney (@luke_rooney) November 8, 2018
@loucityfc, the mark of true game managers. Didnt get their way in the first half. Hit reset, played by their own rules in the 2nd. Fantastic performance, amazing season. Well deserved. The champs reign supreme. 1 nil over @PHXRisingFC— Devon Kerr (@DevonKerr9) November 9, 2018
In the #2018 @USL #USLCup final. pic.twitter.com/lv2FJ3mdIU
TODAY IS THE DAY! Our boys in purple take the field at 8pm to defend their championship. We have $2 pints and $5 growler fills of @loucityfc Golden Ale and in case you don’t have a ticket, we’ll be showing the game on the big screen! Let’s bring it home. pic.twitter.com/9PMTDFuBRT— Falls City Beer (@fallscitybeer) November 8, 2018
Disappointing result tonight, but a great season. Team and fans have made clear that football can prosper in AZ. Congrats @loucityfc and thanks to many of their fans for the warm welcome. Rematch in Phx in 2019 anyone? #LOUvPHX #RisingAsOne pic.twitter.com/aYsDPybcoO— Anthony Evans (@antccfc) November 9, 2018