FC Cincinnati travels north for the second consecutive week on Saturday to take on Toronto FC II in the regular season finale. Alan Koch’s side sits in the eighth position in the Eastern Conference on 43 points, narrowly hanging onto a playoff spot. Toronto FC II is in last-place in the East and has been eliminated from playoff contention. As we saw last week, Toronto’s low position in the standings does not guarantee success for FC Cincinnati, who is struggling to find form late in the 2017 season.
Cincinnati eyes will be on Thursday’s clash between Orlando City B and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. If Orlando loses or draws that match, FC Cincinnati’s gets a playoff spot regardless and Saturday’s match only matters for seeding purposes. If Orlando City B wins however, FC Cincinnati will likely have to win Saturday’s match against TFCII to secure a spot in postseason play.
Update: Tampa Bay defeated Orlando City B 2-0 on Thursday. FC Cincinnati, therefore, clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot. FCC can also improve their seeding with a good showing this weekend against Toronto FC II. For details on playoff seeding scenarios, see FC Cincinnati Is Playoff Bound.
These two teams last dueled in May at Nippert Stadium. FC Cincinnati secured a 1-0 victory in a closely contested match. Danni König scored the lone goal. In addition, Tyler Polak turned in a man-of-the-match performance, providing an assist and clearing a ball off the goal line to seal the victory.
Assist-leader Kenney Walker will return to action after serving a one-game suspension last week against Ottawa Fury FC. Make note of the 7:30pm kickoff time.
Four Fast Facts
Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for this contest.
- Toronto FC II has scored only 24 total goals in USL play, the second-lowest total in the league, and 14 less goals than FC Cincinnati.
- In their last five away matches, FC Cincinnati has conceded 12 goals, for an undesirable 2.4 goals against average (GAA).
- The center forward trio of Djiby, König, and Kyle Greig has been quiet lately, contributing just one goal combined in the last five matches for the Orange and Blue.
- Toronto FC II has secured only 3 points in their last five matches, but those three points were earned by claiming a 1-0 victory over Eastern Conference leaders Louisville City FC on September 27th.
The match at Nippert earlier this season was very close. FC Cincinnati will have to turn in a quality road performance to come out on top on Saturday. Stay tuned to Orange and Blue press for more coverage of Saturday’s match.