A brace in the first 22 minutes from Cameron Lancaster helped Louisville City FC win its first game of the 2020 Wasatch Cup Sunday night in Herriman, Utah. With Lancaster's two goals and a final goal from Abdou Mback Thiam in the 90', LouCity beat the Colorado Springs Switchbacks 3-0.
Louisville City started the match with Chris Hubbard in goal, a back line of Akil Watts, Sean Totsch, Jimmy Ockford, and Oscar JImenez, Speedy Williams, Napo Matsoso and Magnus Rasmussen in the midfield with Corben Bone, Brian Ownby and Cameron Lancaster at forwards.
In the 9', Lancaster, on loan from Nashville SC of MLS, took a pass from Magnus Rasmussen, turned and slotted it into the lower right corner of the goal past a diving attempt at a save by Switchbacks keeper Sean Melvin.
Lancaster's second goal came on a nifty series of passes from Bone to Ownby to Lancaster for the goal in the 22'.
The Switchbacks are coached by a familiar face in former FC Cincinnati coach Alan Koch. Fired just 11 games into FCC's first MLS season last year, Koch had been a successful coach at the USL Championship level. Koch said he was looking to test his club against the best and with LouCity and Real Monarchs on the slate, he'll get that test. LouCity and Ream Monarchs were two teams that played for the USL Championship Final last season.
LouCity led 2-0 at the half after Lancaster's goals, but it could have easily been more. Lancaster appeared to score a goal in the 10', but it was called off due to offside. Then in the 25' and 27' Bone had a pair of shots on goal.
A final shot on goal for Lancaster, this time in the 56', was a narrow miss for a hat trick.
After a nearly full line change in the 61', Louisville City finished the match with Ben Lundt in goal, Alexis Souahy, and Pat McMahon along the back line, Napo Matsoso, Paolo DelPiccolo, and Niall McCabe in the middle with George Davis IV, Antoine Hoppenot and Abdou Thiam upfront. Trialists Cory Thomas, a defender who recently graduated from Indiana University, and Wesley Charpie, a 27-year-old defender from Tarpon Springs, Fla., who played last season at Memphis 901 FC, also checked into the match in the 61'.
Up next in the Wasatch Cup, Louisville City will face Union Omaha from USL League One Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET. The game will not be streamed.
Louisville City's final game in Utah will be Saturday at 11 a.m. vs. the host Real Monarchs. The Wasatch Cup will use a group table format to determine the champion. Teams will be awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw. Goal differential and then greatest number of total goals will be used as the tiebreaker in the event of two or more teams having the same amount of points.
After the first round of games, Louisville City leads the table with three points, followed by Union Omaha and Real Monarchs with one point apiece.
After returning home from Utah, Louisville City will have a pair of preseason matches left before opening its USL Championship schedule on March 7 at North Carolina FC. The Boys in Purple will open Lynn Family Stadium on Saturday, April 11 vs. Birmingham Legion in a nationally televised match.
LouCity’s current roster, listed alphabetically by position:
Goalkeepers (3): Chris Hubbard, Ben Lundt, Muamer Ugarak
Defenders (6): Oscar Jimenez, Pat McMahon, Jimmy Ockford, Alexis Souahy, Sean Totsch, Akil Watts
Midfielders (7): Corben Bone, Paolo DelPiccolo, Napo Matsoso, Niall McCabe, Magnus Rasmussen, Speedy Williams, Elijah Wynder
Forwards (6): George Davis IV, Antoine Hoppenot, Cameron Lancaster, Brian Ownby, Luke Spencer, Abdou Thiam
WASATCH CUP SCHEDULE:
February 16 – Real Monarchs- 0, Union Omaha- 0
Louisville City FC- 3, Switchbacks FC- 0,
February 19 – Real Monarchs v. Switchbacks FC – Noon ET
Union Omaha v. Louisville City FC – 3:00p ET
February 22 – Real Monarchs v. Louisville City FC – 11:00a ET (streamed)
Union Omaha v. Switchbacks FC – 1:30p ET