LouCity’s Roller Coaster Week – Highs, Lows, and the Road Ahead

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Well… it has been a rough week for the Boys in Purple. After nearly surviving bombardment by the Rowdies, it was just too many self-inflicted wonders that cost them the match in Tampa. Despite Jansen Wilson giving us one of the best goals in the USL this year, LouCity missed way too many opportunities vs a 10-man (for the last 15 minutes) Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Finally, concluding their week with one of the most disappointing results EVER in LouCity’s history: a 5-2 loss AT HOME to the newest team in the USL Championship, Rhode Island FC. 

Now, three games in eight days is a lot, but this team should have gotten better results from these matches. This feels more like last year’s squad and Coach Cruz’s inability to alter his plans when things are not going their way. HOWEVER, I do not want to just to any irrational conclusions yet as they are still five points clear of second place and are still having a great season. 

To many self-inflicted wonders vs TB, nearly survived the bombardment but…

Too many miss opportunities vs Pitt, Jansen with a goal of the year candidate, Pitt down to 10 for the last 15 min

Utter disappointment vs RIFC, RIFC first goal was a beautiful goal, utter collapse of their back line, 

Stoppage-Time Heartbreak in Tampa Bay

Louisville City FC’s undefeated streak came to a dramatic end in Florida as the Tampa Bay Rowdies edged them out with a stoppage-time goal. The match at Al Lang Stadium saw LouCity overcome a two-goal deficit, only for Tampa Bay’s Damian Rivera to clinch a 3-2 victory in the dying moments.

The first half was a roller coaster for LouCity, who found themselves two goals down after Cal Jennings and Manuel Arteaga capitalized on defensive lapses. Aiden McFadden’s stoppage-time goal before halftime breathed life into the squad, followed by Jorge Gonzalez’s equalizer early in the second half. Despite a surge of momentum and multiple attempts, including a close call from Niall McCabe’s free kick, Rivera’s late strike sealed LouCity’s fate.

Head coach Danny Cruz hailed his team’s second-half performance but grumbled about the final lapse in concentration. Defender Kyle Adams echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the team’s resilience and urging them to thrive under the pressure. It was definitely a death by a 1,000 cuts and too many mental defensive lapses that sealed their fate in Tamps. 

While the defeat stung, LouCity’s performance, particularly in the second half, highlighted their potential to bounce back from setbacks. Wilson Harris’s return from injury also provided a silver lining, offering hope for upcoming fixtures.

Game Summary:


  – Tampa Bay Rowdies: Jennings (30’), Arteaga (36’ PK), Rivera (90’+2)

  – Louisville City FC: McFadden (45’+2), Gonzalez (51’)

Lineups Notes: Key players included Damian Las in goal and Jake Morris, who provided defensive stability.

Redemption in Pittsburgh

Bouncing back swiftly, LouCity secured a crucial 1-0 victory against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at Highmark Stadium. Rookie Jansen Wilson’s second-half strike from distance was the game’s only goal, marking a triumphant return to form for the boys in purple.

The match was a defensive masterclass from LouCity, who adapted well to the compact turf and challenging conditions. The win extended their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference, putting them six points clear of the second-place team.

Coach Cruz praised the team’s mentality and execution, noting the difficulty of playing in Pittsburgh. Jansen Wilson’s goal was a standout moment, highlighting the young player’s potential and the team’s depth.

However, the match should have been a much larger margin of victory for LouCity as they had too many missed opportunities. This has become a theme for this team over the last few matches.

Game Summary:


  – Louisville City FC: Wilson (49’)

Lineups Notes: Key contributions came from Kyle Adams and Arturo Ordóñez, solidifying the defense.

Home Dismantling Against Rhode Island FC

In their third game in eight days, LouCity suffered their worst loss of the season in a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Rhode Island FC at Lynn Family Stadium. Despite dominating possession and creating numerous chances, defensive errors and clinical finishing from Rhode Island saw LouCity fall short.

The first half saw LouCity create multiple chances, only to be thwarted by Rhode Island’s defense. Goals from Clay Holstad and Jojea Kwizera put the visitors ahead. The second half continued in the same vein, with LouCity pushing forward but leaving gaps at the back. JJ Williams and Noah Fuson added to Rhode Island’s tally, with Dylan Mares and Jake Morris scoring consolation goals for LouCity.

Coach Cruz took responsibility for the defeat, acknowledging the tactical risks taken in pursuit of a comeback. Despite the loss, LouCity’s fighting spirit and attacking prowess were evident, though their defensive frailties were exposed.

Game Summary:


  – Louisville City FC: Mares (85’), Morris (90’+5)

  – Rhode Island FC: Holstad (24’), Kwizera (45’+2), Williams (67’), Fuson (90’+1), Angking (90’+5)

Lineups Notes: Sam Gleadle and Taylor Davila were key players, constantly pushing forward.

Preview: LouCity vs. Birmingham Legion FC

Next up for LouCity is an away fixture against Birmingham Legion FC. The match, scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m., promises to be a challenging encounter against a team sitting sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Birmingham has shown resilience this season, boasting a solid defense and a dynamic attack led by standout players like Enzo Martinez and Prosper Kasim. LouCity will need to tighten their defense and capitalize on their attacking opportunities to secure a positive result.

Key for LouCity will be the performance of Wilson Harris, whose return to fitness adds a potent goal-scoring threat. The midfield battle will also be crucial, with Taylor Davila and Elijah Wynder needing to control the tempo and create chances.


Despite a mixed bag of results, LouCity remains a dominant force in the USL Championship, holding a five-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference. The recent setbacks serve as reminders of the challenges ahead, but the team’s resilience and depth suggest they are well-equipped to maintain their position. The upcoming match against Birmingham will be another test of their mettle, with fans hoping for a return to winning ways.


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