FC Cincinnati lost 2-1 to the Rochester Rhinos on Wednesday evening, breaking the Orange and Blue’s 11 game USL unbeaten streak.
Issues with Rochester’s internet feed / video coverage limited early viewing of this match. The first 35 minutes appear to be lost forever to a Youtube black hole. Let’s look forward to the day when all of this club’s matches are covered on broadcast television, and the FCC faithful have to stream no more.
Despite the loss and conceding 2 goals, the Orange and Blue had periods of good passing and possession and created enough chances to get a result. Rochester’s defense and keeper played well, especially in the closing minutes, and deserve credit. There’s no shame in losing at Rhinos Stadium and it doesn’t seem there’s a need to dissect in great detail why FCC lost.
The key piece of positive news from this match was, of course, the return of team captain Austin Berry from injury. Berry played 28 minutes plus stoppage, entering the match just prior to the pivotal penalty kick being awarded to Rochester.
This result represents the first time in a competitive match that the opposition scored 2 goals against FC Cincinnati. Louisville City netted 3 goals in their April 16th victory over the Orange and Blue but FCC’s defense has held all other sides to 0 or 1 goals against.
Sean Okoli is the only FC Cincinnati player that had a shot on target in the match. He tallied 6 total shots with 4 on goal. Credit is due however to Andrew Wiedeman for drawing the penalty and also to Bone for the dime of a cross that created the opportunity.
Rochester only had 2 total shots in the second half. Unfortunately one of them was a penalty kick that was well taken and won the game.
Sean Okoli – Ugo’s penalty kick conversion brings him to 8 goals on the season which is good enough to be tied for 5th in USL scoring. LA Galaxy 2 striker Jack McBean still leads the USL with 13 goals on the season.
Austin Berry – He didn’t have a large impact on this match in particular, but his return from injury is certainly an important event.
FC Cincinnati now head to Missouri for a Saturday clash with Saint Louis FC, who is undefeated at home this season. Harkes’ men will be keen to pick up points in this match before heading home for the Crystal Palace friendly, followed by 3 key match-ups against the Easter Conferences best opposition.