OCB vs. Louisville City FC: Previews and Predictions

OCB plays at the Titan Soccer Complex in Melbourne this evening, going for their third straight win as they host Louisville City FC. OCB is the only one of Orlando City's teams in action this weekend, as both the MLS and NWSL teams are off for International breaks.

After a rough start in their first four matches, OCB has gone on a run of much better form, going 4 - 2 - 1 in their last seven matches. The team have put 27 different players in matches so far this season, including Hadji Barry, Luke Boden, and Harrison Heath, all of whom have played with the MLS side this season as well.

Players to Watch - OCB

  • Richmond Laryea, Antonio Rocha, and Tyler Turner are leading the team with 10 match appearances each (all starts).
  • Michal Cox and Tyler Turner are leading the team in scoring with 3 goals each, while Laryea is the assist leader with 2 assists on the season.

Players to Watch - Louisville City

  • Jon Chandler Hoffman leads Louisville City in scoring with 7 goals on the season.
  • Niall McCabe is the assist leader for the visitors with 3 assists for the year.

About Louisville City SC

Louisville City SC leads the Eastern Conference table of USL, and is riding a 9-match unbeaten streak. In their most recent run of form, they have posted five straight shutouts, not allowing opponents to score a single goal in the month of May. In the only other time they have played this season, Louisville City defeated OCB by the tally of 4 - 1 at Slugger Field on April 9.

Prediction

With both teams seeking to preserve undefeated streaks, this feels like a game where something has to give. Louisville City seems like they have more momentum coming in, but OCB will be looking for revenge against the drubbing they took two months ago on the road. I can't bring myself to pick against my team, so I'm going to predict a 2 - 2 draw. 

What about you? What do you think the outcome of the match will be tonight? Are you going to the match today, or will you be watching it on the USL YouTube feed tonight? Let me know in the comments below!