By: Caleb Hilliard
Memphis 901 FC is licking their wounds after falling 0-1 at home against the Charleston Battery.
They outplayed the Battery for most of the match and had plenty of scoring opportunities. Towards the end of the match Memphis focused on breaking their scoring draught rather than seeing out the draw and the plan backfired.
Charleston capitalized on a 901 FC turnover and scored a rebound in the third minute of added time.
The team has little time to pine over the heartbreaking loss over the two-day break before they travel to their next test against Louisville City FC.
Louisville City are coming off a hard-fought win at home over the Ottawa Fury. They are 2-2-1 in their last five and sit 11th in the Eastern Conference standings with 10 points.
What to watch for: Louisville City FC
Louisville uses a slow and pass heavy set of tactics. Their players rarely misplay passes and actively search for the open man.
They are seemingly instructed to receive a pass make one to two touches and get the ball out of their feet.
Louisville are most effective when they have more possession than their opponent. They average 58 percent possession and registered 65 percent or more possession in two of their wins.
Memphis should not focus on necessarily defending Louisville’s counter attack and emphasize intercepting passes in their own end. Most of the teams Memphis has faced this season rely on counter attacks, so their defensive game plan will likely look different versus Louisville.
They often switch play to catch opposing defenses out of position and have 118 completed crosses this season.
Louisville play as a unit and really do not have a breakout player so far, this season. They scored eight goals through seven matches and only one player has multiple goals, Abdou Mbacke Thiam.
Thiam, a native of Senegal, is in his first USL and played for of the University of Connecticut. He was a force in college with 44 goals through 77 matches. The forward has two goals and plays as the lone striker in a 4-1-4-1 formation.
What to watch for: Memphis 901 FC
Memphis were unlucky not to secure all three points against Charleston. The forwards were not performing at the level Tim Mulqueen wants them to, but the midfield and defense seemed improved.
Marc Burch and company were nearly flawless when Charleston attempted to play lofted passes into the box and their marking at the back was nearly perfect at the back.
The midfield disrupted Charleston’s passing in all areas of the field and the midfield press looked improved.
Central midfielder, Cameron Lindley is becoming one of the standout players on the roster. He now has two matches under his belt and is developing chemistry with his teammates. Lindley made several interceptions against Charleston and was always looking to play passes up the field. He has a passing success rate of 85 percent from 125 passing attempts.
On the defensive end, Jeff Caldwell continues to impress between the pipes. He deserved to keep a clean sheet in the last match. He even made a great save in the dying moments, but he was not able to handle the shot and Charleston scored the rebound past a sprawling Caldwell.
He has 16 saves off 27 shots faced and one penalty save.
Where to watch:
Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 30, at Louisville Slugger Field. You can watch the match on ESPN+ of the CW30.
The next match is at home on May 4, against southern rivals the Birmingham Legion.