WHO: Charleston Battery, 3 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs
WHAT: Louisville City’s first ever playoff game
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m. EST
WHERE: Louisville Slugger Field, 401 E. Main St., Louisville, KY 40202
WATCH: At the stadium! It’s a home game! You’re probably in town! There’s nothing else going on in the city but a music festival with a bunch of bands that were kind of cool in the mid-90’s! Be there! But if you can’t make to the game because your wife scheduled a trip to Chicago to visit her sorority sister months in advance and you don’t want to get a divorce over a soccer game, you can watch it on YouTube here:
WHO, AGAIN? This is City’s third match against the Battery. We kind of know them at this point. Dane Kelly is good,
Turd Shawn Ferguson is solid in defense, and Justin Portillo is dangerous on a set piece. Ricky Garbanzo is a foul pickup artist, in every sense of the phrase. Charleston ended their season on a pretty solid note, winning three of their last four. The Battery did well to win their opening playoff match against Richmond after going down a goal in extra time. Starting midfielder Navion Boyd is out after picking up two yellows in that match, so Charleston might not be going into this match with their first choice lineup, but that doesn’t make it any easier of a task.
Louisville City didn’t turn in any good performances in their last three matches of the regular season. They’ll need to return to the home for we’re used to in order to proceed to the Conference Finals with a win on Saturday night. The good news is the team’s had two weeks to rest, recover, and plan, and James O’Connor says the whole roster is healthy and ready to go for the first time in a while. JOC is in this for the first time as a manager, too, but given his brief track record we can feel good about his preparation and game plan for this match.
Charleston has proven to be very solid in defense, so City’s going to have to be patient with the ball and wary of the counter, but this is a match the Royals should win.
TOTALLY ACCURATE PREDICTIONS: Fondy brace, MAG RAM awesomeness, Guzman sticking Mikael Chang in, a Goodwin clean sheet, and a City win.
COME ON, CITY.