FC Cincinnati travels to Pennsylvania on Tuesday for a late season meeting with the Harrisburg City Islanders. This contest is one of five away games for the Orange and Blue in their last six matches of the USL season.
Harrisburg has to deal with a challenging three-day turnaround, having just played Saint Louis FC on the road Saturday. They earned a rare win in that match with a stoppage time headed-goal from Pedro Ribeiro. The City Islanders had lost five matches in a row before last night’s win.
Alan Koch’s side topped the City Islanders in late July by a 3-0 scoreline, in one of their more convincing performances of the season. Djiby, König, and McLaughlin all scored in a match that finished despite two lengthy lightning delays.
Alan Koch’s side is currently clinging onto eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 34 total points. Harrisburg resides near the bottom of the conference in 13th place on 27 points, having played one more match than FC Cincinnati.
FC Cincinnati will again benefit from more than a week of rest, and should be fully recovered from their US Open cup exertions that ended in August.
Don’t be late for the 6:30pm Eastern kickoff time.
Here are four fast facts to get you ready for Tuesday’s contest.
- The City Islanders have scored just 4 goals in their last 8 matches. However, all 4 were scored in their past 2 games versus Tampa Bay and Saint Louis FC.
- Tuesday’s match is a great opportunity for FC Cincinnati to put daylight between themselves and Bethlehem and Pittsburgh. Both of those teams are just one point behind them in 9th and 10th place.
- Kenney Walker is a two-way player and leads the Orange and Blue in assists (4), chances created (39), and tackles (92). He’s also second on the team in total passes with 1,116.
- FC Cincinnati has conceded 10 unanswered goals on the road. They’ve also taken just 4 points from their last five games away from Nippert. They’ll need to turn that poor form around starting Tuesday if they want to secure a playoff spot.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of Tuesday’s contest.