Charlotte Independence 3 – FC Cincinnati 2 – Recap Roundup

FC Cincinnati was dealt a heartbreaking road loss at the hands of the Charlotte Independence on Wednesday evening.

Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Independence

FC Cincinnati was dealt a heartbreaking road loss at the hands of the Charlotte Independence on Wednesday evening. The game was tied at 2-2 in the 85th minute when a Charlotte free kick delivered by Jorge Herrera was redirected into the Orange and Blue’s own net by FC Cincinnati defender Paul Nicholson. Adding insult to injury, the Independence were playing with only 10 men at the time the goal was scored. Charlotte defender Bilal Duckett had been sent off earlier in the second half for a second yellow card offense. Andrew Wiedeman and Sean Okoli scored the two goals for FC Cincinnati. Both FCC goals came as equalizers after Charlotte had taken the lead.

For play-by-play details of the game’s events, turn your attention to the following sources:
FC Cincinnati Official
Cincinnati Soccer Talk
Charlotte Post

Despite the loss, FC Cincinnati claimed the Queen City Cup on away goals. The trophy was awarded to the team with the best results over the two legs played between FC Cincinnati and Charlotte this season. FC Cincinnati defeated the Independence by a score of 2-1 at Nippert on April 9th. The cup win seems like a small consolation for FC Cincinnati after losing two matches in a row for the first time in the club’s short history. Harkes’ men will return home to Nippert on Monday for a Labor Day fixture against the Western Conference’s Saint Louis FC. Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more analysis, stats and color commentary on Wednesday’s result.


One thought on “Charlotte Independence 3 – FC Cincinnati 2 – Recap Roundup”

  1. Mr. Mitch H. is a very good player but not so much in this game. The foul he committed in the box was a terrible defensive play and then on the second goal he could have blocked the ball but instead turned his shoulder and let it right through. I’m sure that was not an instruction by the keeper since he was clearly not ready to make the save. Kudos on the first Cincinnati goal. So many times players in a one on one situation like that, even though they know the first thing the keeper is going to do is slide towards them, is to kick a roller right into the keepers slide or bust it straight up over the goal. In this case Andrew W. got under the ball just enough to chip the ball over the sliding keeper but not no much as to misdirect the ball too high or off goal. A. W. kept his cool for what I’m sure will be an underrated goal by all the people that like the 30 yard busts that always seem to make the goals of the week video. Sometimes finesse is better than power.
    Keep your head up Nicholson. Anyone that would try to blame the loss solely on the own goal doesn’t have a clue.

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