Louisville City Football Club won its second United Soccer League Cup championship on Thursday night at a packed Lynn Stadium, defeating Phoenix Rising 1-0.
Thursday’s match up was an entertaining one as LouCity and Phoenix both had athleticism, speed and a variety of weapons on the field. But if this season has proved anything about LouCity is that this group is resilient.
After going through a complete coaching change midseason, they rattled off a nine-game winning streak coming into the title match and were unbeaten at home in playoff matches, according to USL. To add fuel to that fire Phoenix Rising’s star player Didier Drogba was playing the final match of his career in Louisville.
After a scoreless match for 61 minutes, Luke Spencer knocked in a goal to give LouCity the 1-0 lead. That didn’t stop Phoenix from playing with aggression though, they took advantage of every possession they had to even up the match up but ultimately failed.
First-year Louisville City head coach John Hackworth told WLKY his team was mentally prepared for the championship. Hackworth is the former head coach of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.
Work has begun on the team’s new $65 million soccer stadium in Butchertown, which is expected to be completed in 2020.