FC Cincinnati lost its first preseason game of 2017 by a score of 3-2 to OKC Energy on Sunday afternoon. The game was the first of a three game series the team will play in the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic in Bradenton, Florida.
The match was played just two days after John Harkes was dismissed as head coach of the second year club. Assistant coach Alan Koch has taken the reigns and will lead the team for this year’s preseason and USL campaign.
After going down a goal in the first half, FC Cincinnati got back into the match in the 60th minute. Two new signings combined for the team’s first 2017 goal. Djiby Fall eluded a defender and served a high ball to Daryl Fordyce in the box. The former FC Edmonton striker stuck a leg out and brought the ball down under excellent control for a quick shot. The ball found the back of the net to level the game at 1-1.
Despite controlling possession for periods of the second half, FC Cincinnati conceded two late goals in the 72nd and 81st minutes. Both goals were finished by Danish striker Wojciech Wojcik after OKC exposed the left side of FC Cincinnati’s defense. The first of OKC’s second half goals appeared to be clearly offside.
Austin Berry delivered a headed consolation goal in the 89th minute after a late period sustained pressure from the Orange and Blue.
The second half of the game featured nine FC Cincinnati substitutions, providing new head coach Alan Koch a good look at most of the players on the roster.
Also of note, Kenney Walker left the game in the 24th minute, likely due to injury. Kenney was replaced by Aaron Walker, and just like that we’ve seen our first Walker for Walker substitution of the season. Good thing we had two.
For a full description of the game’s events, see the FC Cincinnati match recap.
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