FC Cincinnati hosts Orlando City B in USL league play on Saturday, August 5th at Nippert Stadium. Alan Koch’s side comes into the match buzzing after Wednesday’s US Open Cup triumph over Miami FC in Florida.
Saturday will be the third time these two teams have met in league action this season. They last faced-off in the Sunshine State just over one month ago. The Orange and Blue conceded a very early goal in that contest, but clawed one back to earn a 1-1 draw. It should be noted that Orlando City B fielded a less than full strength lineup in that match due to MLS call-ups. Earlier this season, Orlando City B handed FC Cincinnati its worst home defeat of the season, beating Alan Koch’s side 2-0 at Nippert.
Orlando City B currently sits in eleventh place in the Eastern Conference on 24 points, but has played one less match than FCC. The Orange and Blue are six points above them in the standings in sixth place.
Anthony Pulis’ Orlando side have been the draw specialists of the Eastern conference recently. They’ve played to stalemates in each of their last five matches. They’ve been defensively solid during that time, only conceding two goals over that stretch. They are having a hard time finding the back of the net though. Both teams played on Wednesday, August 2nd, and are therefore on equal footing in terms of days of rest coming into the game.
FC Cincinnati’s leading goalscorer Djiby is suspended for this match as a result of the red card he received last week against Rochester.
Over twenty thousand fans are expected on Saturday, and a mild storm-free weather forecast should produce a good walk-up crowd.
Here are four fast facts to tell the guy sitting next to you in the stands. He’ll think you’re wicked-smart.
- Orlando City B has produced the fewest shots of any USL team this season with 150 total.
- FC Cincinnati has recently found the ability to score from distance. Their first 23 goals of the season were all scored from inside the penalty area. In their last two league matches however, 3 of the 5 goals were scored from outside of the box.
- This week has been full of front office action. Head coach Alan Koch and assistant coach Yoann Damet inked new multi-year contracts extensions with FC Cincinnati. On the player side, wingback Josu added another year to his existing contract. Also, Garrett Halfhill, the Xavier product who’s been playing on an amateur contract, signed a full professional contract with FCC.
- Saturday’s contest is a matchup between two of the better passing sides in USL. Both teams are in the top 10 in total passes, and do so with a 77% or better team passing accuracy.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of Saturday’s contest.