It turns out that most people don’t like to read about draws. Once people know there was nothing to separate the sides on the field, that’s all they really need to know. So let’s keep this brief. The short synopsis for this match is that a point on the road against the fourth place team and one of the hottest teams in the USL is a decent enough result.
The first half was very even. In fact from a numbers perspective, it was exactly even.
That’s something you don’t see very often.
Here are a few more numbers that help tell the tale of the match:
4 – The number of shots on target for both FC Cincinnati and Richmond, with each team converting 1 of the 4 opportunities. FC Cincinnati had a close range Wiedeman header touched over the crossbar by Richmond goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra in the 2nd minute of play. If that ball had found the back of the net, an early lead for the Orange and Blue could have changed the complexion of this match.
2 – Number of combined shots produced by Omar Cummings and Shawn Okoli in the match. Cummings has been fantastic of late and Okoli is coming off a 2 goal performance against FC Montréal. Richmond’s tough-nosed defense effectively shut down two of FC Cincinnati’s most prominent danger men. Cummings had 0 shots and was replaced by Antoine Hoppenot in the 68th minute.
45 – Number of minutes played by both Derek Luke and Pat McMahon at FC Cincinnati’s right back position. These two players split the match with Luke starting and McMahon featuring in the second half. Luke also started the July 30th Charleston match in place of McMahon, playing 90 minutes.
32 – The number of minutes played by defensive midfielder Kenney Walker who returned to action for the Orange and Blue on Saturday as a substitute. Walker has been absent from the starting lineup since he sustained a turf injury against Louisville City on July 23rd. His presence in the middle of the park will be critical for the last 8 games of FCC’s regular season.
11 – The number of days between this match and FC Cincinnati’s next contest, an August 24th clash with the Rochester Rhinos at Nippert. The Orange and Blue get another week and a half stretch of rest and recovery before they strap-in for 3 matches over 7 days to close out August.
All 3 matches feature opponents in the top half of the Eastern Conference. 2 of the 3 matches are away from home.
- Wednesday, August 24 – Rochester Rhinos (7th)
- Sunday, August 28 – @ New York Red Bulls II (1st)
- Wednesday, August 31 – @ Charlotte Independence (6th)
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