Louisville City scored three goals in the opening 26 minutes Tuesday against Toronto FC II and never looked back in a 4-1 victory. Coach James O’Connor and players spoke afterward on extending their 13-match unbeaten streak and lead in the United Soccer League standings.
O’Connor on scorers other than leader Chandler Hoffman: “Yeah, I mean as long as we’re scoring goals for me it’s important. I think that for Chandler it was important that we got some rest in. He’s played a lot of games, so I think second half we tried to get some guys on who need some minutes and give guys some rest as well. We’ve obviously got some games coming up as well so it’s just trying to get a balance with everything, and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any cooler here either.”
Niall McCabe on the support at Slugger Field: “You can see it already out there. It’s so different. You want to play for fans. Having all those fans around the stadium — they’re screaming, they want us to go forward, and they want us to score goals. It does bring a whole different level to your own game, personally, because you’re playing not for just 11 to 23 — everybody involved with the club. You’re playing for all those fans who wanted to come out and see us play.”
Guy Abend on three LouCity goals in the first 26 minutes: “It was great the way we started the game. The pressure was good, we kept the ball, we were effective. When we got the opportunities, we scored. Luckily, I was the guy that scored today. Next game, it’s going to be someone else. It shows you how strong the group is. Everyday someone else gives something to the game and as a group we did a great job and made the game a bit easier for us, especially that big of a lead after thirty minutes.”
Tarek Morad on staying at home to play FC Cincinnati: “We’re always confident when we play at home. Obviously on the road too, it’s pretty evident in our standings how we’ve been pretty consistent away from home as well. It doesn’t matter if we’re home or away we’re still going to play with the same confidence and same intensity.”