A crowd at 50 percent capacity will get to watch Louisville City FC goalkeeper Chris Hubbard and his teammates when they face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to kick off the season on July 12. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

USL's Louisville City FC to welcome fans for July 12 home opener

As part of its return-to-play format amid the coronavirus pandemic, the second-tier USL Championship split teams into eight different groups to limit travel and allow clubs to host games at home venues.

Louisville City FC won't wait long to open the doors of its brand new Lynn Family Stadium to a percentage of supporters.

As ESPN's Jeff Carlisle wrote on Tuesday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has approved that venue to operate at 50 percent of the 15,304-seat capacity when Louisville City face the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to kick off the campaign on July 12.

Carlisle added the stadium likely won't reach the 50-percent capacity threshold to ensure fans follow social-distancing guidelines. Attendees will have temperatures taken at the gates and must wear face coverings, such as masks, while inside the stadium.

Earlier this month, NASCAR allowed small percentages of fans to occupy seats for races held in Florida and Alabama. The NFL is planning to permit spectators to attend regular-season games in September if the season starts on time during the pandemic.

The National Women's Soccer League and Major League Soccer summer tournaments will be played behind closed doors and without supporters. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink



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Can you name every player who was awarded the Golden Boot in the FIFA World Cup?

The award was not officially awarded until 1982 when it was called the Golden Shoe. It was renamed in 2010. As of 2010, ties are now broken by assists and playing time.

SCORE:
0/27
TIME:
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2018 / ENG / 6
Harry Kane
2014 / COL / 6
James Rodríguez
2010 / GER / 5
Thomas Muller
2006 / GER / 5
Miroslav Klose
2002 / BRA / 8
Ronaldo
1998 / CRO / 6
Davor Suker
1994 / BUL / 6
Hristo Stoichkov
1994 / RUS / 6
Oleg Salenko
1990 / ITA / 6
Salvatore Schillaci
1986 / ENG / 6
Gary Lineker
1982 / ITA / 6
Paolo Rossi
1978 / ARG / 6
Mario Kempes
1974 / POL / 7
Grzegorz Lato
1970 / WGER / 10
Gerd Muller
1966 / POR / 9
Eusebio
1962 / CHI / 4
Leonel Sanchez
1962 / YUG / 4
Drazan Jerkovic
1962 / BRA / 4
Vava
1962 / BRA / 4
Garrincha
1962 / USSR / 4
Valentin Ivanov
1962 / HUN / 4
Florian Albert
1958 / FRA / 13
Just Fontaine
1954 / HUN / 11
Sandor Kocsis
1950 / BRA / 8
Ademir
1938 / BRA / 7
Leonidas
1934 / CZE / 5
Oldrich Nejedly
1930 / ARG / 8
Guillermo Stabile

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