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Louisville tops NCFC 2-1 to move further ahead of Hounds in race for 2nd

Louisville tops NCFC 2-1 to move further ahead of Hounds in race for 2nd

In the race for second place in the USL’s Eastern Conference, Louisville City FC took a huge leg up on the Riverhounds SC, beating North Carolina FC, 2-1 at Slugger Field on Tuesday.

With two games remaining, the Riverhounds now trail Louisville by four points.

The Hounds will play at Atlanta United 2 on Wednesday needing a win to have a chance to stay in contention for second place.

If the Hounds win on Wednesday, Louisville City would have to win on Saturday, at home against Indy Eleven.  Indy Eleven didn’t play on Tuesday, but due to North Carolina FC’s loss, the Eleven punched its ticket to the playoffs.

The NY Red Bulls II and Nashville SC each moved up in the standings. NYRBII did so with a 3-1 win that pushed them into sixth place, while Nashville could only move up a point to slide forward into the seventh place slot, just ahead of Bethlehem Steel FC.

 

TeamPointsGDGPRemaining
FC Cincinnati77+3834Clinched 1st seed in Eastern Conf / USL
Louisville City FC66+3434Clinched 2nd seed in Eastern Conf
Riverhounds SC59+2233@NYRBII (10/14) - Clinched 3rd
Charleston Battery56+1334Clinched 4th seed in Eastern Conf
Indy Eleven49+334Clinched playoff spot
NY Red Bulls49+1133@Pgh (10/14)
Nashville SC49+1134Clinched playoff spot
Bethlehem Steel FC47+1433TBR (10/14) - Clinches playoff with win/draw or loss by less than 5 goals
North Carolina47+1034Can clinch playoff spot if Beth Steel lose to TBR by 5 goals

Tuesday’s Results: 

Louisville City FC 2, North Carolina FC 1

Nashville SC 2, Toronto FC II 2

NY Red Bulls II 3, Penn FC 1

 

Remaining games of note: 

Wednesday, October 10

Riverhounds SC at Atlanta United 2, 7 p.m.

 

Saturday, October 13 

Charleston Battery at Ottawa – 2 p.m.

Indy Eleven at Louisville City FC – 7 p.m.

North Carolina FC at Charlotte – 7:30 p.m.

FC Cincinnati at Nashville – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, October 14

Tampa Bay Rowdies at Bethlehem Steel FC – 3 p.m.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC at NY Red Bulls II – 5 p.m.

 

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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