A 10 man FC Cincinnati earned a 1-1 draw against a physical Tampa Bay Rowdies side at Nippert Stadium on Wednesday evening. The match was played in front of 15,227 fans on a beautiful spring night in Cincinnati. After an astonishing seventh minute thunderbolt from Tampa Bay midfielder Marcel Schäfer, FC Cincinnati equalized from a corner kick. Kenney Walker provided the service and Harrison Delbridge out-jumped his marker to head-home his first goal of the season. The opening half ended level at 1-1.
An evenly played second half featured equal possession and a smattering of chances for either team prior to the 75th minute. It was then that Kadeem Dacres was sent-off in questionable fashion when his high boot caught Tampa Bay forward Deshorn Brown in the abdomen. The foul appeared clumsy as Kadeem tried to reclaim the bouncing ball, but the referee judged it dangerous and ejection-worthy. FC Cincinnati shut-up shop for the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time and came out with a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
For play-by-play details of the match’s events, see the match recap on Last Word on Soccer below.
FC Cincinnati rises to 5th place in the Eastern Conference after the draw. There’s no rest for the weary though. Alan Koch’s side has two days to recover before they host Louisville City FC at Nippert on Saturday in the first leg of the Dirty River Derby.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of the final chapter of FC Cincinnati’s opening week of 2017.