FC Cincinnati downed Bethlehem Steel FC by a 2-1 scoreline in a game that ended in a lightning delay. It was also a game that ended FC Cincinnati’s five game winless streak. Danni König was the hero, scoring two goals in a much-needed victory at Nippert Stadium.
Four Numbers That Mattered
20 – Jimmy McLaughlin’s jersey number. The former Philadelphia Union product had his best match of the season on Saturday. He ran rampant down the left, produced 28 passes with an 85.7% passing accuracy, had 4 shots, created 4 chances, and provided the assist for the opening goal. It should be said that Kadeem Dacres was very effective on the wing as well. Kadeem didn’t get an assist on König’s second goal because of the initial blocked shot, but he set up that goal, and was a significant factor on the right.
13 – The number of duels** won by Harrison Delbridge in defense against out of 17 total duels (76% won). As part of that total, he won 10 of 12 aerial duels (83%). Duels alone don’t define a good defensive performance, but Delbridge really stands out in this category.
111 – The number of minutes (approximately) between when the game was suspended for a lightning delay and when the game was called. The win was awarded to FC Cincinnati because they led 2-1 and more than 70 minutes had been played, making the result official.
10 – The number of games FC Cincinnati has played, as the team nears the one-third point of the 2017 season. They currently sit sixth in the table on 12 points with a 3-4-3 record. The Charleston Battery, who drew with Harrisburg last night, lead USL with 20 points after nine matches played. The 2016 edition of FC Cincinnati was 6-2-2 after 10 games played for a total of 20 points.
For play-by-play details of the match’s events, see the following article.
FC Cincinnati now gets a full week of rest before another important home match. They will need that rest because starting on next Saturday, May 27th, they will again play three matches over the span of eight days. Next Saturday’s opponent, Toronto FC II currently sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with only one win. It’s another must have three points for the Orange and Blue.
**Definition of duel from Opta
A duel is an 50-50 contest between two players of opposing sides in the match. For every Duel Won there is a corresponding Duel Lost depending on the outcome of the Duel.
This is where two players challenge in the air against each other. The player that wins the ball is deemed to have won the duel. When more than two players are involved the player closest to the duel winner is given an Aerial Duel lost.
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