FC Cincinnati looks to rebound from their controversial loss to New York Red Bulls II with a Wednesday trip to Charlotte to take on the Independence. Charlotte currently sits in 7th place in the Eastern Conference but are only 4 points behind FC Cincinnati in the standings. Last Saturday the Carolina outfit had a 6 game unbeaten streak snapped by the Charleston Battery in a 1-0 loss away from home. The Independence are known for being tough to beat at Ramblewood and are looking to secure a playoff berth of their own. FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt will be suspended from this game based on the dubious red card he received against New York.
UPDATE: As of Tuesday evening, the USL has rescinded the red card for Mitch Hildebrandt and he will be available to play on Wednesday against Charlotte. While this reversal is clearly justified, it underlines how the refereeing errors on Sunday changed the course of FC Cincinnati’s match against NY Red Bulls II.
Omar Cummings is likely to miss the match through injury. This contest represents the 2nd leg of the Queen City Cup, a two-leg competition to determine which city calling itself the Queen City has the best soccer team. FC Cincinnati won the first leg 2-1 at Nippert in their 3rd match of the season last April.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for stats, analysis and color commentary on Wednesday’s result.