FC Cincinnati travels north of the border on Sunday to take on the Ottawa Fury at TD Place Stadium. A playoff berth is on the line for the Orange and Blue and things look good in that regard. A win on Sunday would clinch entry into the postseason, and maintain a small chance of a home playoff game.
These two teams last met in August at Nippert Stadium. FC Cincinnati cruised to a 3-1 victory in one of their better performances of the 2017 season. Danni König, Jimmy McLaughlin, and Sem De Wit all put their names on the score sheet before Fury FC responded with a single consolation goal.
After Friday’s results, Alan Koch’s side sits seventh in the Eastern Conference on 43 points. Orlando City B and NY Red Bulls II are hot on their heels though, and Bethlehem Steel FC moved ahead of them in the standings with a 4-2 victory over Toronto FC II. The Orange and Blue still need to produce some points in their final two matches to secure their place in the postseason. Ottawa Fury FC is currently in thirteenth position and has been eliminated from playoff contention.
UPDATE: FC Cincinnati is now 8th place in the Eastern Conference after a NY Red Bulls II victory on Saturday.
Assist-leader and co-captain Kenney Walker is suspended for this match after picking up two yellow cards in last Saturday’s win in Charlotte. Make note of the 2pm kickoff time for this Sunday matinee.
Four Fast Facts
Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Sunday’s match.
- Ottawa hasn’t won a match since these two teams last met on August 23rd. In fact, Fury FC haven’t secured a victory in their last ten outings.
- Ottawa Fury FC are draw specialists. They’ve drawn six of their last seven matches and their 13 ties this season is the highest total in the USL.
- Jimmy McLaughlin has 34 key passes (assists plus chances created) for FC Cincinnati. That’s the second highest total on the team next to Kenney Walker. McLaughlin’s creativity will be especially important on Sunday in Walker’s absence.
- Alan Koch has started three different combinations of strikers up front in the last three away matches. Who will lead the line on Sunday, and will we see some consistency in who starts heading into the playoffs?
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue press for more coverage of Sunday’s contest.