FC Cincinnati returns to Nippert Stadium for the first of four consecutive home matches lasting through the end of May. They will face Orlando City B on Saturday in a matchup of teams with the same 2-3-3 record. Both teams are hovering just above the playoff line, in seventh and eighth position in the Eastern Conference.
Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Saturday’s contest.
- FC Cincinnati did the double over OCB last season, winning 3-1 in Florida (highest goal total of season), and 1-0 at Nippert. They clinched third place in the Eastern Conference with the home win at Nippert against OCB in 2016. Casey Townsend scored the lone goal.
- The numbers these two teams have accumulated over eight matches are strikingly similar. They have the exact same record (2-3-3), the same number of goals scored (9), they each average ~50% possession, and they’ve both conceded two penalty kicks (2). Orlando City B has conceded two more goals (10 total) than FC Cincinnati, giving FCC a standings advantage via goal difference.
- 18 year old Pierre da Silva is a US Youth International and OCB’s creative force. He’s created 17 chances (more than anyone on either team) and tallied 4 assists in only seven matches played.
- Djiby Fall has almost twice as many total shots (20) as any other player on FC Cincinnati’s roster, despite not playing the past two matches. Jimmy McLaughlin comes in second with 11 total shots. Danni König arrives this weekend to provide reinforcements for FC Cincinnati at center forward, as Djiby serves his third of six total games suspended.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of Saturday’s match.