The San Diego Loyal are set to take on Louisville City FC at Torero Stadium this Saturday night.
The last time these two teams faced each other in the USL Championship was in May 2021, in which San Diego lost that game 2-1 at Louisville, Ky.
This time San Diego has the advantage of playing at home, which can change the history between the two teams. These teams have only played each other once in the regular season, with an overall record of only 1-0-0 in favor of Louisville.
Prior to that game last year, Louisville City was 2-1-0 while San Diego Loyal was 0-0-4. This year the scenario for San Diego is different as they hold a record of 5-1-1 and are in first place in the USL Championship Western Conference.
San Diego will have to watch out for Louisville City FC starting striker Cameron Lancaster who was the only player to score on the Loyal last year with two goals on his name. Landcaster is also the second player in the USL Championship to have scored 20 goals in the season.
San Diego Loyal midfielder Jack Blake was the player who scored that day for the Loyal.
Louisville City FC is coming off a 2-0 win over Loudoun United FC, while San Diego Loyal is coming off a draw against Oakland Roots.
The fixture itself is a tight one and unpredictable as these are the best team of each conference.
This game will truly demonstrate who is currently the best team in the USL Champions. San Diego could possibly be the favorites for this match as they are playing home.
At the end of the day, in this sport, it’s whoever can more create opportunities and finish them.
Louisville doesn’t know what losing is yet, while San Diego has already experienced their first loss of the season.
Head coach Landon Donovan has been making changes to his starting 11 in the past few games, so it’s expected for him to do the same against Louisville. The game will most likely have an intense couple of minutes right from kick-off, but it will be important to see how long each team can hold that momentum and keep it up.
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This is a game that fans, spectators, and lovers of the beautiful game can not miss.
The kick-off starts at 7 pm at Torero Stadium this Saturday, April 16.
Juan Daniel Avila is a senior journalism student at San Diego State University. He’s been writing for 3 years and working in the broadcasting sector as a commentator for 4 years. Started at EVT in January 2022.