FC Cincinnati played to a 1-1 stalemate with the New England Revolution in their first preseason match of the 2018 season. Corben Bone opened the scoring in the first half with a 40th-minute strike assisted by Emmanual Ledesma. The Argentine playmaker, Ledesma, is a new acquisition from the New York Cosmos, and one of 15 new players acquired in the offseason.
The Revolution evened the score four minutes after halftime through a goal from midfielder Brandon Bye, assisted by Cristian Panilla. A more physical second half featured a dose of drama when Haitian midfielder Zachary Harivaux was sent off in the 73rd-minute for a dangerous tackle on Matt Bahner. New England was permitted to substitute in another player to keep the match at 11 vs 11 in support of Tuesday’s preseason exercise. FC Cincinnati had a couple of late chances to win the game through Dekel Keinan and Daniel Haber, but could not find a winner.
40′ Goal – Corben Bone, assisted by Emmanuel Ledesma
49′ Goal – Brandon Bye, assisted by Cristian Penilla
73′ Red Card – Zachary Harivaux, New England Revolution
FC Cincinnati featured a 4-2-3-1 formation during both halves and completely replaced all their outfield players at halftime. The Orange and Blue’s three goalkeepers, Evan Newton, Mark Village, and Spencer Richey each split the game into thirds in terms of playing time. In addition, the three trialists currently practicing with FC Cincinnati all saw action in the second half of play.
Josu, Jimmy McLaughlin, and the recently sidelined Tyler Gibson did not play in Tuesday’s contest due to injury. FC Cincinnati announced today that Gibson will miss four to six months with a broken fibula suffered in training on Sunday. The Tennessee native, who FCC acquired from the SF Deltas, underwent surgery today. That injury, combined with Tommy Heinemann’s release, are two big, early blows to the Orange and Blue’s 2018 roster. Let’s see how Alan Koch can respond in the transfer market between now and the season opener.
The New England Revolution are the only full-fledged MLS competition that FC Cincinnati will face this preseason. Their remaining seven games feature four USL sides, two college teams, and an MLS reserve squad. They also have a friendly match with the University of Dayton scheduled for a week after the regular season begins.
First Half Lineup:
Laing Bone Ledesma
Smith De Wit Lasso Hoyte
Newton (replace by Village)
Second Half Lineup:
Cicerone Albadawi Haber
Trialist #1 Seymore
Trialist #2 Barrett Keinan Bahner
Village (replaced by Richey)
Details are sparse because the match was not streamed per request of the New England Revolution. All future IMG matches are expected to be viewable on the IMG stream, at http://live.imgacademytv.com
FC Cincinnati’s next date at the IMG Preseason Tournament is with the Tampa Bay Rowdies this weekend. Fans won’t need reminding that the Rowdies convincingly eliminated FCC from last year’s USL Cup playoffs. It’s preseason, so these results don’t matter. But maybe the bad taste left in the returning players’ mouths will add a little something extra to that contest. The match will be played on Saturday, February 10th at 3:30pm.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 preseason.