After some midweek rotation, Louisville City FC will return a pair of key attacking pieces to its lineup Saturday at Loudoun United FC.
Wilson Harris, who’s on a three-game scoring streak, joins Brian Ownby in the front three for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff at Serra Field in Leesburg, Virginia. Those are two of the four changes coach Danny Cruz opted for with Oscar Jimenez and Tyler Gibson also set to start.
LouCity (13-10-7, 46 points) will play at Loudoun United (7-19-4, 25) on a short turnaround for the final time this season, going from Wednesday’s 4-3 loss at Miami FC to the Washington, D.C., suburbs just three days later.
Oliver Semmle returns in goal, where he’s one clean sheet away from matching the club’s single-season record at 13 shutouts. Kyle Morton set that mark in 2022.
The lineup sheet indicates a 3-4-3 formation with the back three of Kyle Adams, Wes Charpie and Sean Totsch. Jimenez should flank the left side and Manny Perez the right.
Typically, either Gibson or Carlos Moguel Jr. start in Cruz’s midfield. Saturday, both get the nod, meaning one of City’s holding midfielders will feature in a more attacking-minded role.
Elijah Wynder will join Harris and Ownby, from left to right, in the front three.
The midweek defeat evened LouCity on points with Memphis 901 FC for fourth place. With a win Saturday, the boys in purple would officially clinch their spot in the 2023 USL Championship Playoffs, leaving three games to solidify a top-four finish and host their postseason opener.
LouCity at Loudoun United will air locally on MyTV 58 and ESPN Louisville’s 680/105.7. USL Championship games also stream live on ESPN+.
Team News vs. Loudoun United FC
28 — Oliver Semmle
6 — Wes Charpie
4 — Sean Totsch (C)
32 — Kyle Adams
15 — Manny Perez
12 — Tyler Gibson
8 — Carlos Moguel Jr.
19 — Oscar Jimenez
23 — Elijah Wynder
10 — Brian Ownby
14 — Wilson Harris
Substitutes: 18 — Danny Faundez, 67 — Owen Damm, 5 — Rasmus Thellufsen, 22 — Dylan Mares, 36 — Paolo DelPiccolo, 7 — Ray Serrano, 9 — Jorge Gonzalez