Louisville City, winner of the 2017 and 2018 league titles, aims to become the first U.S. men's outdoor pro team in more than 50 years to win three straight trophies when it hosts the Real Monarchs on
The game is a sell-out at the University of Louisville’s Lynn Stadium -- its baseball home, Slugger Field, is unavailable -- and will be Louisville City's last home
game before it moves into its new Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville's Butchertown neighborhood in 2020.
Tickets sold out in about 90 minutes at Lynn Stadium, which will hold 7,000 fans
when you include portable bleachers John Hackworth
came on board as the Louisville City head coach from the U.S. U-17 national team in the middle of the 2018 season and benefited
from having a veteran team. But in the offseason, he lost several key players.
Leading scorer Cameron Lancaster
joined Nashville SC with an eye on moving with the second-year USL
club to MLS in 2020. Goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh
and right back Kyle Smith
signed with MLS's Orlando City, while midfielder Ilija Ilic
joined Indy Eleven, which Lou City beat in
the Eastern Conference final.
Dane Magnus Rasmussen
, who has played in four of Louisville City's five seasons, and Luke Spencer
, who scored the winner in the 1-0 win over
Phoenix in the 2018, have carried the bulk of the scoring with 16 and 10 goals, respectively.
Philadelphia's Ukrainian Nationals were the last team to win three of more outdoor league
titles in a row when they captured the 1961-64 ASL championships. Louisville City Probable XI
24 Chris Hubbard (USA)
30 Oscar Jimenez (USA, All-USL Championship first team)
27 Paco Craig (England, All-USL Championship second team)
28 Sean Totsch (USA)
33 Pat McMahon (USA)
27 Speedy Williams (Jamaica)
26 Magnus Rasmussen (Denmark, All-USL Championship first team)
29 Niall McCabe (Ireland)
29 Brian Ownby (USA)
Antoine Hoppenot (France)
28 Luke Spencer (USA)
The Real Monarchs are owned and operated by Real Salt Lake and rely heavily on players on loan from the MLS club. Interim coach
, which replaced Martin Vazquez
in mid-season, started six RSL players in the Western Conference final against El Paso.
They include Luke Mulholland
has played 123 games in six MLS seasons, 18-year-old keeper David Ochoa
, who should get a crack at replacing retired keeper Nick Rimando
next season, and Tate Schmitt
, an RSL
Homegrown Player signing out of the University of Louisville.
The Monarchs are without young Honduran Douglas Martinez
, who has scored 17 goals but was given a one-game suspension
by the USL's Independent Disciplinary Panel following the review of an incident late in the Western Conference final against El Paso. Real
Monarchs Probable XI
AGE NAME (COUNTRY)
18 *David Ochoa (USA)
23 *Erik Holt (USA)
25 James Moberg (USA)
28 Kalen Ryden (USA)
27 Konrad Plewa (Poland)
31 *Luke Mulholland (England)
22 *Tate Schmitt (USA)
27 *Justin Portillo (USA)
28 Maikel Chang (Cuba)
25 Jack Blake (England)
*Under contract to Real Salt Lake.