FC Cincinnati is back at Nippert Stadium this weekend to play the first match of a four game home stand. They face the twelfth place Charlotte Independence on Saturday for a 7pm kickoff. This home stretch also includes a June 14th US Open Cup showdown (aka “Hell is Real” derby) with Columbus Crew SC.
Charlotte currently sits on 12 points in the Eastern Conference, which is three fewer points than FC Cincinnati. However, the Independence have played three fewer matches and have a superior Points Per Game (PPG) average of 1.33 compared to FC Cincinnati’s 1.25 PPG.
Charlotte travels to Cincinnati to play what will be their third match in the span of seven days. The Independence drew Tampa Bay at home on Sunday, June 4th and lost away to Louisville City 1-0 on Wednesday, June 7th.
Standout striker Djiby Fall returns from a lengthy six game USL suspension and is available to Alan Koch for selection in this match.
Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Saturday’s contest.
- Both FC Cincinnati and the Charlotte Independence have scored as many goals as they have conceded this season. Charlotte has scored and conceded 14 over 9 games. FC Cincinnati has scored and conceded 12 over 12 games.
- Both FC Cincinnati and Charlotte have two wins, two losses, and a draw in their last five league matches.
- Veteran Japanese midfielder #6 Jun Marques Davidson is like a metronome in midfield for Charlotte. He boasts a passing accuracy of 90.2% on 428 passes, the second highest number of passes on the team.
- Djiby Fall last played a USL match for FC Cincinnati 47 days ago. Despite missing six weeks of league action he is still the Orange and Blue’s leading scorer with six goals, accounting for half of the team’s goal total this season.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of this weekend’s match.
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