Cheat Sheet: FC Cincinnati vs Toronto FC II

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FC Cincinnati continues its May home stand on Saturday when they face Toronto FC II at Nippert Stadium. TFC II currently sits in last place in the Eastern Conference on seven points. The Canadian club was in action midweek, playing to a goalless draw with the Richmond Kickers.

FC Cincinnati dropped one place in the Eastern Conference due to midweek USL action and lands in seventh. Next weekend’s opponent, the Rochester Rhinos, leapfrogged the Orange and Blue with a midweek win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Saturday’s contest.

  • Despite their poor record, Toronto FC II can be stout defensively. They have amassed five clean sheets over ten matches, including those against Rochester, Louisville City, Ottawa, Phoenix, and Richmond. Four of those five clean sheets have ended as 0-0 draws.
  • The Tampa Bay Rowdies are kryptonite for TFC II. Tampa has hung seven total goals on the Canadian club in two matches, and are largely responsible for TFC II’s conference worst goal difference of -9.
  • After not registering a shot in his first match, FC Cincinnati forward Danni König had seven shots last game, five of which were on target (71%), with two goals (29%). Keep shooting Danni.
  • Saturday’s match will be the first of three matches over eight days for FC Cincinnati. A US Open Cup showdown with Louisville City is up next on Wednesday, May 31st, followed by a road trip to Rochester. Watch this Saturday’s starting eleven to see if Koch elects to rotate any players with Toronto FC II being the weakest of the three opponents on paper.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of this weekend’s match.

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