Orange and Blue Press checked in with Alan Koch and Blake Smith after FC Cincinnati’s final training session of the week on Thursday. The squad travels to Indianapolis on Friday in advance of their second match of the season against Indy Eleven. The team is, of course, coming off of a bye week after their 1-0 opening match victory against the Charleston Battery.
Jimmy McLaughlin is now fully recovered from his shoulder injury. He and everyone else on the roster (except for Tyler Gibson) participated in training on Thursday and will be available for selection against the Eleven.
FC Cincinnati’s head coach had the following to say about the Orange & Blue’s week of preparation.
“We’ve come in with the right mentality… we built on the exercise against Columbus, it’s refreshing, knock on wood, to have everyone other than Tyler Gibson all fit and healthy, so that’s a huge positive because you’re only as good as the players that you have.”
Hear Alan Koch’s thoughts on the defensive approach to Saturday’s match, and how the expected large crowd in Indy reflects on FC Cincinnati and the growth of soccer in the region.
We also touched base with defender Blake Smith, who has the distinction of scoring the first goal of FCC’s 2018 USL campaign. Smith spent part of the 2014 season on loan to Indy Eleven while playing for the Montreal Impact in MLS. Blake gave us his take on returning to Indianapolis, scoring the season’s opening goal, and how they are preparing defensively for Saturday.
Be sure to check out our match program for a deeper look into Saturday’s particulars.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 season.