Courtesy of Connor Cunningham
For the first time since August, Louisville City FC is squaring off with a new opponent.
That's enough to add extra pressure in any scenario, much less with the Eastern Conference trophy and right to host the Nov. 1 USL Cup Championship on the line.
Saturday's 7:30 p.m. showdown at Lynn Family Stadium featuring LouCity and Tampa Bay will mark the first meeting between the two in 2020, the product of regionalized scheduling to limit travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The boys in purple -- now playing in their sixth Eastern Conference Finals in six years as a club - will be competing with a 13-game unbeaten and an eight-game winning streak on the line in their new home. The Rowdies meanwhile edged out their last playoff opponent with a 1-0 win thanks to a goal from former LouCity forward Lucky Mkosona against the Charleston Battery.
Here's how to follow along, with a full Louisville City-Tampa Bay preview also available.
On the WBKI-TV (The CW)/ESPN+ streaming call: Mike Watts (play by play) and Devon Kerr (color).
And for AM 840 WHAS on the radio: Clay Ables (play by play) and Jeff Greer (color).