Triumph and Trials: Louisville City FC’s Preseason Victory Shadowed by Ownby’s Injury

As Louisville City FC concluded its preseason with a 2-1 victory over One Knoxville SC, the spotlight wasn’t solely on the triumph but significantly on the injury to key player Brian Ownby. Wilson Harris, with his impressive brace, ensured LouCity ended the preseason on a high note, yet the overarching concern was Ownby’s injury, which introduces a complex challenge as the team gears up for the regular season.

The match against One Knoxville SC at Lynn Family Stadium served as the final dress rehearsal, showcasing LouCity’s readiness and tactical depth. Harris’s goals, one on either side of the half, demonstrated his scoring prowess, a vital asset for the team moving forward. However, the win was overshadowed by the departure of Brian Ownby due to a leg injury sustained from a tackle, casting a shadow over the team’s victorious outing.

Coach Danny Cruz expressed a mix of satisfaction with the team’s performance and concern over Ownby’s condition. Ownby, a significant figure in the team’s attacking setup, has been instrumental in creating opportunities and providing leadership on the field. His absence poses a tactical conundrum for LouCity as they approach the season’s start, with his experience and skill set being difficult to replace.

The preseason journey for LouCity was a comprehensive buildup, starting with a promising 2-2 draw against Austin FC, where the team showed resilience against MLS competition. The subsequent 2-0 victory over El Paso Locomotive FC was a highlight, offering valuable insights into the team’s capabilities and potential strategies for their upcoming regular-season encounter against the same opponent.

The matches against Sacramento Republic FC and St. Louis CITY SC further emphasized LouCity’s strengths and areas for improvement, with victories in both games building momentum. However, the scoreless draw against Lexington SC highlighted the need for enhanced finishing in front of goal, a recurring theme that LouCity will aim to address as the season progresses.

The injury to Ownby during the preseason final against One Knox, was a significant blow. As LouCity prepares for their regular-season opener against El Paso Locomotive FC, the focus will be on adapting to Ownby’s absence and leveraging the team’s collective strength to maintain their competitive edge.

As the regular season looms, Louisville City FC faces the dual challenge of building on their preseason successes while navigating the impact of Ownby’s injury. The team’s depth, adaptability, and tactical acumen will be under scrutiny as they aim to kick off the season with a strong performance against El Paso Locomotive FC, setting the tone for their campaign in the USL Championship.

We extend our wishes to Brian Ownby for a swift recovery and successful surgery.

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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