Audio: Koch on Crew, Injuries, and Improvement

Alan Koch provides an update on bye week plans, injuries, and how they will approach the closed door friendly against the Columbus Crew on Sunday.

Orange and Blue Press checked in with Alan Koch after FC Cincinnati’s final training session of the week on Friday. The team is, of course, on a bye week after their 1-0 opening match win against the Charleston Battery. They will play a closed-door friendly against the Columbus Crew on Sunday to stay sharp. But their plans are evolving because Saturday’s friendly against the University of Dayton’s Men’s Soccer team was postponed (date TBD) due to inclement weather.

Training Takeaways

The original plan was to have two different sets of players feature in 90 minutes versus Dayton and 90 versus Columbus. Alan Koch will revise that strategy because of the Dayton cancelation. Exactly how was yet to be determined at the time of the interview. FC Cincinnati is completely shutting down activities today for safety reasons. They don’t want the players training or out driving in the wintry conditions.

Jimmy McLaughlin is close to recovery from a shoulder injury and may be eligible to take part in Sunday’s scrimmage with the Crew. He is likely to be available for selection against Indy Eleven assuming he has no further setbacks. Danni König is healthy but was not at training on Friday. He had the opportunity to go back to Denmark to visit family during the bye week.

The focus of the team’s efforts is on getting quality minutes in match situations and continuing to push themselves to improve. When asked about whether the eleven starters that featured against Charleston would get preference to play in Columbus (or Indy), coach Koch indicated that was not necessarily the case.

“I just told the guys, . . . What happened on March 17th doesn’t necessarily dictate how things go on March 31st . . . we have to continue to try to push ourselves.”

Listen to the audio of the interview here (3:36).*

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 season.

*Charlie Hatch of the Enquirer asks the first question regarding minutes versus implementing a style of play.

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