FC Cincinnati is on the road for the first of two games in Florida over six days. They face Orlando City B for a late 8:30pm kickoff on Saturday, before making the short trip to Tampa on Thursday to face the Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium. They’ll be brimming with confidence but short on rest, after their penalty kick triumph over the Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup.
On May 13th, FC Cincinnati played a game to forget against this same Orlando City B side. They were beat at Nippert by a 2-0 scoreline, the heaviest home defeat of the club’s one-and-a-half year history. That game was marred by refereeing controversy. Card happy official Calin Radosav issued cautions to Bahner, Quinn, Delbridge, Bone, König, and McLaughlin, all by the 67th minute of the match.
Orlando City B has posted mixed results since their victory in Cincinnati. They’re 2-3-1 over that stretch, including a loss to cellar-dwellers Toronto FC II, who only have two wins all season.
At the conclusion of Saturday’s game, FC Cincinnati will have completed one half of their 32 game USL season.
Here are four fasts to serve as a backdrop for Saturday’s contest.
- FC Cincinnati has won only one game away from home this season. That victory came exactly three months ago against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, who they beat 1-0 at Highmark Stadium.
- OCB’s playmaker and US Youth International Pierre Da Silva currently sits second in USL in assists with six total this season, second only to Vincent Bezecourt of NY Red Bulls II.
- Leading goalscorer Djiby missed Wednesday’s match against the Chicago Fire with an ankle injury. His return for this match is questionable.
- This match features two of the best shot stoppers in the Eastern Conference. Mitch Hildebrandt is 2nd in the conference in saves at 38. OCB’s Earl Edwards Jr. leads the conference with 40 saves over 15 matches.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of Saturday’s contest.