Cheat Sheet: FC Cincinnati vs Saint Louis FC

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FC Cincinnati continues a five game June home stand on Saturday with a matchup against Saint Louis FC. The Orange and Blue will benefit from a full week’s rest after their 2-2 draw on June 17th against the Charleston Battery.

Alan Koch’s side earned their marquee victory so far in the 2017 USL season against Saint Louis FC. They defeated the Missouri side 4-0 at Nippert Stadium on April 15th. Djiby Fall had a perfect hat trick plus one in that contest.

Saint Louis FC has fallen from grace after their tax day defeat at the hands of FC Cincinnati. They were in first place in the Eastern Conference before that match. Since, they have won just a single game and have gone 1-3-2 in league play. They sit in 12th in the Eastern Conference, two points behind FC Cincinnati but having played three fewer matches.

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

  • Since the two sides last met on April 15th, FC Cincinnati has had a much heavier match schedule than Saint Louis FC. The Orange and Blue have played 13 matches in that time period, compared to their opponent’s nine.
  • Center back Harrison Delbridge leads FC Cincinnati’s defense in clearances (55), blocks (9), interceptions (42), and duels won (92).
  • Only one of Saint Louis FC’s 13 goals this season has been scored from a header (8%). 53% of FC Cincinnati’s goals, 8 of 15, have come from headed shots.
  • Saint Louis FC exited the US Open Cup in the fourth round by a 1-0 scoreline at the hands of the Chicago Fire. FC Cincinnati will face that same MLS side in the fifth round of that tournament at Nippert next Wednesday, June 28th.

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

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