FC Cincinnati, Louisville City FC praise fans, regroup following rivalry matchup
07/25/2016 01:49 PM
Saturday’s match between Louisville City FC and FC Cincinnati featured two of the top clubs in the standings, as well as two teams with impressive support from their city and their fans.
“It’s a positive for the whole country,” said Ken Luther, President of The Coopers, Louisville City’s fan section. “I think it’s a trend that soccer is growing across this country. We beat our attendance figures in Louisville by a lot. Cincinnati’s blowing them out of the water. But I think, you know, people shouldn’t be surprised. Soccer is here to stay. It’s a huge sport and has tremendous potential in this country so, no, I’m not surprised and I think it’s great for the game.”
FCC coach John Harkes called Saturday’s win a turning point for his team – something he said he looked for in a first-year club and he knows Louisville City FC has experience with from their inaugural season last year.
“Well, I’ll let John figure it out. I’m certainly not going to try and give any help to them,” said James O’Connor, Head Coach for Louisville City FC. “Credit to them, to Cincinnati. They’ve got a great team going here and they’ve got great support. And they’ve got some good plays, got a good coach. We wish them all the very best. We’re obviously very disappointed with the result but as I said I stand very proud of our guys. I’m very proud of all our players.”
“I’m really proud of FC Cincinnati,” continued Luther. “I mean, they have brought exactly the kind of experience we want. I’ve already made a lot of friends with the supporters groups over there. And it’s kind of the vibe we want. You know, we want to have the dueling supporter sections at home and away matches. It’s a wonderful thing.”
While FCC could get too high off a win over the top club and Louisville City FC could get too low over the end of their 17-game unbeaten streak, something both clubs have in common is the way they plan to respond to Saturday’s outcome.
“I think for me it’s perspective. I think it’s making sure that you look at things with perspective, “ continued O’Connor. “It’s easy to get high emotionally when you win and get low. I mean, look, we’re top of the league. So equally, it’s disappointing that we’re beaten but we’re top of the league for a reason. Because we’ve got really good players and for me it’s analyzing today’s performance. I’ll sit down. I’ll watch it myself and then I’ll sit down with the guys individually like we always do. We’ll pull out the pieces that we’re happy with and pull out the pieces that we think we can do better. That’s generally how we like to operate.”
“It’s definitely probably the biggest week we’ve had thus far in the season,” said Andrew Wiedeman, FCC Forward. “I mean, I think to start out we were 3 in the standings, New York is 2, Louisville 1. But it’s not done yet because we’ve got Charleston breathing down our backs. I think they’re fourth in the standings so there’s still work to do.”
“We always enjoy winning but I think it shows a good bit of character to sort of finish the week off right,” said Harrison Delbridge, FCC Defender. “It puts us in a good mind frame to move into the next one against Charleston. We’re definitely not gonna get too high on our wins and too low on any of our losses so we’ll try to move on to the next one.”
Next up for both clubs will be a couple of Saturday home matches. FC Cincinnati will play Charleston at Nippert Stadium while Louisville City FC will host Orlando City on Saturday night, as well.