PREVIEW: Saint Louis FC v Louisville City FC

PREVIEW: Saint Louis FC v Louisville City FC

Saint Louis FC: (8-11-9) 33 pts. 13th in the Western Conference (28 GP).
Form Guide: DLDLW

Louisville FC: (16-4-8) 56 pts. 2nd in the Eastern Conference (28 GP).
Form Guide: DLWWW

Match Details: Saturday, September 17th. 7:30 PM CDT

Location: Worldwide Technology Soccer Park. Fenton, MO

Preview:
Saint Louis FC will host Louisville FC for the final home game of the 2016 season this Saturday, September 17th. The match is the final leg of the Kings' Cup. Fans will "Green Out The Park" and enjoy post-game fireworks as Saint Louis FC will look to rebound from a 2-0 loss the last time the two teams faced off back in May.

Two of the league top five scorers in the USL will be in action at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park.  STLFC's own Ivrin Herrera is 3rd in the USL Golden Boot race with 14 goals and 3 assists, while Louisville City FC's Chandler Hoffman has 14 goals and no assists.  

The first half featured a heavy dose of Louisville City on the attack with Saint Louis playing in its own third much of the half. STLFC did well to keep the score locked at zero as it went into the locker room at halftime. In the second half St. Louis found more success in the attacking third but was never able to find a goal. The game changed in the 77th minute as Louisville midfielder George Davis IV scored his first goal of the year after he received a through ball behind the defense and chipped the ball over the shoulder of a charging Mark Pais. Later in the 89th minute, Pais was called for a foul inside the box which led to a penalty kick. With an opportunity to ice the game, Louisville's Cameron Lancaster converted the penalty and sealed the 2-0 result.

Saint Louis comes into the match with a bit of confidence as they took home a 3-1 victory over San Antonio FC their last match. The result was the first win for interim head coach Tim Leonard and striker Irvin Herrera shined with 3 goals as he came back from international duty, earning him USL Player of the Week Honors.  Louisville currently sits 2nd in the Eastern Conference and are looking to extend their current 3 matches winning streak.  It's been quite the season for Louisville as everything is clicking on all cylinders – the team will look for a good run of form before the playoffs start.

The club will close out the 2016 regular season on the road as they will face the Oklahoma City Energy at Taft Stadium. The last three matchups between the two teams have ended up in draws and both teams will look to break the deadlock. Season Tickets are already being sold for the upcoming 2017 season – go to SaintLouisFC.com or call 636-680-0997 for more information.  


Leading Scorers:

Saint Louis:
Irvin Herrera (14)
Louisville City FC: Chandler Hoffman (14)

 

Leading Assists:

Saint Louis:  Mike Ambersley, Richard Dixon, James Musa, Irvin Herrera, Jason Plumhoff (3)
Louisville City FC: Kyle Smith (6)

 

Player Availablity Report:

Parker Maher - Out, injury (season)
Sean Clancy - Out, injury (season)
Chad Vandegriffe - Out, injury

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