FC Cincinnati’s second season begins on Saturday when they face the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium. They Orange and Blue will look to improve on their one-and-done playoff performance from 2016, but it won’t be easy against a Rowdies team that’s hard to top on their home field. Here are ten facts to help paint a picture of how these teams match up.
Ten Facts: FC Cincinnati at Tampa Bay Rowdies
FC Cincinnati has claimed 10 points from their last 5 matches, only 1 of which was played at home. Compare that to 9 points from Tampa Bay’s last 5 and the Rowdies played at home 3 times during that stretch.
Tampa Bay has not qualified for postseason play since 2012 when they won the NASL Championship (Soccer Bowl), beating Minnesota Stars FC (now Minnesota United FC) on penalty kicks.
Kenney Walker won 33 more tackles this season than any player on the Tampa Bay Rowdies roster.
FC Cincinnati has never scored a goal at Al Lang Stadium in their two visits there in US Open Cup and USL league play.
FC Cincinnati is one of three teams in the 2017 USL playoffs with a negative goal difference during the USL season. The Orange and Blue conceded two more goals than they scored in 32 games. NY Red Bulls II (-3) and Tulsa Roughnecks FC (-3) are the other two teams with a negative goal difference.
FC Cincinnati conceded 13 more goals than the Tampa Bay Rowdies during the regular season.
Tampa Bay is tied for 1st in USL in yellow cards. They picked up 20 more yellow cards than FC Cincinnati in league play.
FC Cincinnati leads USL with 9 red cards, four more than any other team. Compare this to 1 red card all season for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The Rowdies are tied for 4th in USL in clean sheets with 12 total during their USL campaign.
Tampa Bay won 11 of their 16 home games this season, and lost only 1 time, a 3-2 defeat to the Charleston Battery.
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