FC Cincinnati earned a 1-0 win over Toronto FC II in a Memorial Day weekend clash at Nippert Stadium. Danni König scored a headed goal in the 18th minute to earn the victory. The goal provided a second straight USL win, and a third consecutive victory in all competitions for Alan Koch’s team. 18,214 fans looked-on as a tightly-contested match was played under hot and humid conditions in Cincinnati. FC Cincinnati also recognized hometown heroes as part of the match, including local veterans, police, firefighters, and first responders.
Images of Saturday’s victory against Toronto FC II are provided courtesy of Ryan Meyer Photography. When browsing the gallery below for any given image, a high resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.”
Danni Does It Again
Danni König is making quite an impact for the Orange and Blue since arriving from OKC Energy on May 10th. He’s scored three goals in as many matches, and he’s provided the game winner in the past two. The Danish forward has been an inspired acquisition in the absence of Djiby Fall, who has one more match to serve on his six game suspension.
König scored his goal in the immediate aftermath of an injury. He suffered a cut over his left eye in a collision with Toronto’s Brandon Onkony. He raced back on the field after receiving treatment to get on the end of Tyler Polak’s curling cross.
Hard Fought Victory
Toronto FC II, despite their poor record, have turned in some solid defensive performances this season including five clean sheets. They limited FC Cincinnati to 7 total shots on Saturday and just a few clear chances outside of König’s goal.
Toronto FC II had opportunities to equalize and were unlucky not to score in the 63rd minute when Ryan Telfer’s one-on-one strike past a charging Mitch Hildebrandt hit the post. Tyler Polak also cleared a would-be equalizer off the line in the second half.
It wasn’t a dominant performance over the last place team in the Eastern Conference, but it was a win, a clean sheet, and represents three important points earned.
Tyler Polak Was Everywhere
FC Cincinnati’s left back had a stand-out performance in this match. He had 71 touches, more than any other FC Cincinnati player. He completed 42 passes with an impressive 90.5% passing accuracy. Polak also provided the assist for König’s goal and saved a would-be goal with his afore-mentioned clearance.
He was humble in his post-match comments when discussing his assist, redirecting the credit to his teammate Danni König.
“It felt good to get the confidence that came with that assist, but credit to Danni for him securing the goal. It’s about right positioning and right timing. It’s also important to have depth in the group and Danni was a great addition.”
The win elevates FC Cincinnati to fourth place in the East on fifteen points, eight points behind conference leaders the Charleston Battery. The Orange and Blue have played eleven matches and are currently tied on points with both Louisville City FC and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
There’s a busy week ahead as the team will play two matches in two different competitions. They have a derby match on Wednesday against Louisville City FC in the US Open Cup. They’ll then face a challenging road trip to Rochester next Saturday in USL league play.