Louisville City FC wins USL championship with 1-0 win over Swope Park
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville City FC, with Canadian international Mark-Anthony Kaye coming off the bench, has won the USL Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Swope Park Rangers.
Substitute Cameron Lancaster's 88th-minute header, off a cross from Jamaican international Speedy Williams, decided the United Soccer League championship before a record sellout crowd of 14,456 Monday night at Slugger Field. It was the second-highest USL Cup attendance in league history.
Kaye came on in the 74th minute for Louisville, which topped the Eastern Conference regular season standings at 18-6-8.
Swope Park, Sporting Kansas City's affiliate, finished fourth in the West at 17-8-7.
Louisville's James O'Connor becomes the first to win the USL Cup as a player — with Orlando City SC in 2013 — and head coach.
The 30-team USL includes Ottawa Fury FC, Toronto FC 2 and the Vancouver Whitecaps 2.