Indy Eleven Professional Soccer announced today that it will face I-65 rival Louisville City FC in the First Round of the 2018 United Soccer League (USL) Eastern Conference Playoffs on Saturday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Stadium in Louisville, Ky.
Indy Eleven fell 1-0 to Louisville City FC on the road in the 2018 regular season finale last Saturday, October 13, in the third matchup between both teams this season. Indy Eleven won the first of three fixtures, dubbed the "Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest" by fans, at home 1-0 on May 5. The second meeting was a 2-2 draw on Louisville's home turf on August 5.
The 2018 USL Cup Playoffs will be conducted as a single-elimination, fixed-bracket tournament with the higher seed playing host in each round through the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Final. The 2018 USL Cup will be held at the venue of the conference champion with the superior regular season record on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. ET, with the game to be aired on ESPN2.
Every game of the Eastern and Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs will be aired on ESPN+ in the United States and via YouTube for overseas viewers. Games can also be followed live on the USL Match Center with game updates and statistics powered by Opta.
2018 USL Cup Playoffs
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Saturday, Oct. 20
No. 1 FC Cincinnati vs. No. 8 Nashville SC, 4 p.m. ET, Nippert Stadium
No. 3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. No. 6 Bethlehem Steel FC, 7 p.m. ET, Highmark Stadium
No. 4 Charleston Battery vs. No. 5 New York Red Bulls II, 7 p.m. ET, MUSC Health Stadium
No. 2 Louisville City FC vs. No. 7 Indy Eleven, 7:30 p.m. ET, Slugger Field
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Friday, Oct. 19
No. 3 Phoenix Rising FC vs. No. 6 Portland Timbers 2, 10:30 p.m. ET, Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
Saturday, Oct. 20
No. 4 Real Monarchs SLC vs. No. 5 Reno 1868 FC, 5 p.m. ET, Zions Bank Stadium
No. 1 Orange County SC vs. No. 8 Saint Louis FC, 10 p.m. ET, Champions Soccer Stadium
No. 2 Sacramento Republic FC vs. No. 7 Swope Park Rangers, 10:30 p.m. ET, Papa Murphy’s Park