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Louisville City FC 0-2 New York Red Bulls II: What?

Well that wasn’t fun. While the fans brought a new record crowd and noise all match, it wasn’t enough to earn a result for Louisville City FC on a beautiful Saturday night against New York Red Bulls II. For the second league game in a row, Louisville City concede twice and scored none, and both goals were the result of bad giveaways in the defensive third of the field. NYRBII’s Konor Plewa took quick advantage of a Conor Shanosky giveaway in the sixth minute of the match and put the visitors ahead. Louisville City, while trying to press for an equalizer, could never gain control of the midfield and ultimately returned to that ineffective standby, the long ball over the top.

Sensing that wasn’t going to work, James O’Connor made four subs at the half, pulling Matt Fondy, Kadeem Dacres, Aodhan Quinn, and Juan Guzman off the field at halftime and subbing in Sidney Rivera, Collin Fernandez, Magnus Rasmussen, and Charlie Adams. The ploy didn’t work, though, and City gave up another goal, this time to Derrick Etienne, ten minutes into the second half. LouC tried hard to at least take one back toward the end of the match to make things interesting, especially once Ilija Ilic subbed on, but nothing came of it, and City took their first home loss.

I suppose part of the lack of fire in the team is directly related to having played four games in ten days. O’Connor said as much after the match. It was certainly a disappointing performance that, combined with a long scoreless streak, brings heightened anxiety for the Oklahoma City Energy FC match next Saturday. Rest up, boys, we’ve got a brown-out to mastermind! Your tweets after the jump…