LOUISVILLE, KY — It’s a game years in the making. For so many fans of the beautiful game around Louisville, Kentuckiana, and the state, it is a dream coming to fruition. At 3:00 pm Saturday professional soccer will arrive in a big way to the Derby City.
Louisville Slugger Field will transition into a soccer pitch for the first ever meeting between Louisville City FC and Saint Louis FC. A game that has been deemed the “Kings Cup” will kick off the 2015 USL season for both clubs.
Tickets for the match are still available and can be purchased by visiting www.LouisvilleCityFC.com or by calling 502-384-8799. The game will also be broadcasted live on YouTube and live stats will also be provided.
“It will be an historic day for all at LCFC, we have waited a long time for this and are really excited to get our season started,” said Louisville City FC head coach James O’Connor. “Our players have worked very hard throughout preseason, it’s been a challenge with all the snow we have had but we have been delighted with the players attitude and approach.”
Louisville City is coming into the inaugural season opener following a highly successful preseason where the club finished unbeaten, outscoring opponents 13-3. The preseason concluded with a 2-1 win over NASL Indy 11 last weekend.
Niall McCabe got Louisville City FC on the scoreboard with a 40-yard strike and Matt Fondy tapped in the game winner midway through the second half for his fourth goal in four games. LCFC allowed a goal off a set piece ending a four-game streak of clean sheets.
Saint Louis FC travled to Oklahoma for a Friendly versus USL Western Conference foe, Tulsa. The Roughnecks led 1-0 for most of the second half until Jermie Lynch came on as a substitute. Lynch buried a pair of goals, including a 90th minute strike to give STLFC the win and a 2-2 record in the preseason.
“St Louis are a brand new team as well and we are thrilled to play them for the Kings cup each year,” O’Connor said. “It will help both teams establish a fan base and we are excited by the challenge this brings.”
For the Coopers and the Saint Louligans, this game has been much anticipated. A rivalry that is at it’s infancy is sure to be taken to new heights with both teams kickoff their first ever USL campaign.
- DAY: Saturday, March 28th
- TIME: 3:00 pm
- WHERE: Louisville Slugger Field
- Players to Watch From Saint Louis: Jermie Lynch, Charles Renken, Brandon Barklage
The game on March 28th is one of 14 regular season home games for Louisville City FC. The club will also be hosting a friendly or possibly a U.S. Open Cup match to fulfill the fifteen games offered to season ticket holders.
For those who have yet to purchase their season tickets, they are still on-sale, and can be purchased by visitingwww.LouisvilleCityFC.com/tickets.