Orange & Blue Press checked in with Richie Ryan and Alan Koch at FC Cincinnati’s training session on Thursday. It was their third and final session of the week following an exciting second-half comeback draw versus the Riverhounds last Saturday at Nippert.
Richie is one of five FC Cincinnati players to log every minute (450) of the 2018 USL season so far. As highlighted by Orange & Blue Press recently, Ryan’s metronome-style distribution leads the team in passes (327), passing accuracy (86.2%), passes per 90 minutes (65.4) and passing percentage in the opponents’ half (82.9%).
In the audio below, Richie talks about his two years with Ottawa Fury FC in 2014-2015 and his thoughts on returning to play at TD Place Stadium. He states,”In the five games we’ve shown growth as a squad of players and I think the second half especially against Pittsburgh we showed a lot of positive signs.” He also provides his thoughts about the healthy competition within the team and having Mike (Lahoud) as an FCC teammate (2:17).
We also spoke to Alan Koch, who is excited to go back to Canada. “I’m a Canadian citizen, so it’s always fun to go back and play against Canadian teams.” He added, “We want to build on our second-half performance against Pittsburgh”. In addition, FCC’s coach shared his thoughts on the recent adjustments to the squad’s shape, the upcoming fixture load and player depth, Michael Lahoud’s progress, and provides a quick injury report (3:03).
For all the particulars of Saturday’s match away to Fury FC, be sure to check out our Match Program preview.
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