Harris Hat Trick Headlines CBS Debut: LouCity Triumphs on Network TV, Sets Sights on Charleston Challenge

What a show?!?! That is EXACTLY what the USL wanted when they chose this match for the CBS debut. I am 24 hours (ish) out from this match and I am still buzzing. I even got my nonsports fan wife and mother-in-law to watch the match, and they were glued to the TV. 

Louisville City FC turned their CBS debut into a goal-fest, thrilling fans at Lynn Family Stadium and viewers across the globe with a resounding 5-3 victory over Indy Eleven. Wilson Harris stole the show in a match where every minute was jam-packed with action, notching his first hat trick for LouCity and propelling his team to match their best-ever start to a season.

(Side note, will Harris be able to keep this going for Lou or will someone come in and scoop him up this summer?)

Harris continued his scorching goal-scoring streak and demonstrated his versatility and sharpshooting skills, finding the net in various ways that left the Indy defense bewildered. His goals in the 16th, 62nd, and 71st minutes showcased not just his personal prowess but the effective attacking machinery of LouCity. Coach Cruz has the offense humming to start the season. 

The narrative of the game extended beyond Harris’s hat trick. Jansen Wilson, a friend of the show, and local hero Elijah Wynder added their names to the scoresheet, contributing to a vibrant offensive display underlining LouCity’s dominance. Wilson’s first career professional goal was a moment of individual brilliance, and Wynder’s header early in the second half added to Indy’s woes, reflecting LouCity’s relentless pressure. After doing some light research, with Wilson’s goal yesterday, he is the only Kentucky native to have scored in high school, college, semi-professional, and professional levels. 

While the offense dazzled, the game also highlighted areas for improvement. Indy Eleven’s Jack Blake managed to breach LouCity’s defense twice, once from the penalty spot and again in open play, raising questions about LouCity’s defensive solidity. However, the home team’s ability to respond to each challenge, maintaining their lead and composure, spoke volumes about their resilience and fighting spirit.

Coach Danny Cruz was visibly pleased with the attacking display but emphasized the need for balance and caution, aware that more formidable challenges lie ahead. His acknowledgment of the fantastic atmosphere and the significance of performing on a national stage highlighted the unique nature of the victory and the expectations surrounding this talented LouCity squad.

Looking forward, LouCity faces a quick turnaround with a midweek match against Charleston Battery, another stern test of their credentials. Cruz hinted at lineup changes, signaling his intention to utilize the squad’s depth and keep his team fresh and competitive. But this will be a big test of their depth.

This win over Indy Eleven wasn’t just another three points; it was a statement on a grand stage, a mix of celebration and caution, of brilliance and blemishes. As LouCity savors this victory, their focus will undoubtedly shift to maintaining this momentum, addressing defensive concerns, and preparing for the challenges ahead in their quest for silverware in the 2024 season.

Over a 16-day period, LouCity faces four crucial matches, a period that could define their early-season trajectory. After the win over Indy, the focus now shifts to their upcoming clash against Charleston Battery, a team that has proven formidable adversaries in recent encounters.

Charleston Battery, the defending Eastern Conference champions, presents a significant challenge for LouCity. The Battery have also had a solid start to the season (2-3-0, 9 PTS) positioning them as one of the teams to beat in the Eastern Conference. Their upcoming match against LouCity is not just another game; it’s a rematch of the 2023 Eastern Conference Final, where Charleston edged out Louisville 2-1, a result that still resonates with the players and fans alike.

In their last five meetings, LouCity has managed only one win against Charleston, alongside three draws and the painful loss in the conference final. Despite Louisville outscoring Charleston 14 to 7 so far in the early season, the defense of the Battery has only allowed two goals this season, which poses a tactical challenge for Coach Cruz’s attacking unit.

The question of roster management looms large for Cruz, especially with such a tight schedule. Jansen Wilson’s potential injury concern adds another layer of complexity. Should Wilson be unable to start or complete the upcoming match, players like Tola Showunmi and Aiden McFadden stand ready to step in. Their ability to adapt and perform under pressure will be crucial, especially in a match carrying the weight of history and expectations.

Additionally, the spotlight remains firmly on LouCity as they transition from their CBS debut to being featured in the first CBS Sports USL broadcast. This back-to-back showcase on a national platform is a testament to the team’s rising profile and the league’s confidence in their ability to draw audiences. The players’ response to this continued exposure and how they handle the pressure will be vital to maintaining their impressive start to the season.

LouCity’s hot start, marked by a blend of tactical brilliance, defensive grit, and offensive flair, has set a high standard. The upcoming match against Charleston Battery is not just a test of their ability to exact revenge but also an examination of their depth, resilience, and strategic acumen. As LouCity navigates this challenging phase of their season, their response to adversity, management of player fitness, and tactical adjustments will be pivotal in sustaining their momentum and cementing their status as a powerhouse in the USL Championship.

Make sure to stick to Bluegrass Soccer Cast (@BGSoccerCast on all social media platforms) for full coverage of LouCity and everything soccer in our beautiful Commonwealth. 


  • Jimmie Martin

    Jimmie Martin is a charismatic soccer podcast host from Kentucky who passionately advocates for Promotion and Relegation in US Soccer. With infectious enthusiasm and a lighthearted sense of humor, he engages fellow enthusiasts on the Bluegrass Soccer Cast. Jimmie's goal is to promote the growth of soccer in the US while entertaining and educating his audience.

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