Three home games remain in FC Cincinnati’s 2017 USL season, and the next one arrives on Wednesday August 23rd against Ottawa Fury FC. Securing three points at Nippert will be critical for Alan Koch’s side, as FC Cincinnati has fallen below the Eastern Conference playoff line after a heavy defeat against New York Red Bulls II.
This is the first meeting between these two sides in USL play. However, the Orange and Blue met Ottawa in preseason back on February 25th. FC Cincinnati drew 1-1 with Fury FC at the IMG Suncoast Classic tournament in Florida.
The most interesting news involving FC Cincinnati’s opponent has to do with their team’s management. Just last week, Ottawa Fury FC president John Pugh decided to “mutually part ways” with their head coach and GM, Paul Dalglish. Dalglish has been replaced on an interim basis with the team’s assistant coach and former captain, Julian de Guzman.
Alan Koch’s side currently sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference on 31 points. Ottawa Fury FC slots in two places and three league points behind them in eleventh. Fury FC has played two fewer matches however.
Fitness will again be a concern for FC Cincinnati. Key starters like Corben Bone, Austin Berry, and Harrison Delbridge have all racked up significant minutes in the three most recent games. The depth of this squad will again be tested for Wednesday’s critical league matchup.
Make note of the slightly later 7:30pm kickoff time for this contest.
Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Wednesday’s contest.
- Ottawa has struggled away from home this season and have earned only two wins on the road, the same total as FC Cincinnati. Their road victories came against the Richmond Kickers and New York Red Bulls II. Their last road victory was on May 20th.
- FC Cincinnati is on a serious defensive skid having conceded 14 goals in their last four league games. That’s an average of 3.5 goals conceded per match.
- Ottawa Fury FC has failed to convert three of the four penalty kicks they’ve earned this year. That’s good news for FC Cincinnati who has conceded eight penalty kicks so far this season.
- Fury FC has the lowest passing accuracy in the Eastern Conference at 71%. Compare this to FC Cincinnati’s 76% which is good enough for 8th.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of Saturday’s contest.