Orange and Blue Press checked in with Corben Bone and Alan Koch at FC Cincinnati’s training session on Thursday. It was their third session of the week following last Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Atlanta United 2. FCC travels to Charlotte today ahead of a league clash with the Charlotte Independence on Saturday.
Plano, Texas native Corben Bone has been a constant in Alan Koch’s plans so far this season. Bone has started all eight games, played the most minutes of any midfielder, and has three goals and an assist in his past three outings.
In the audio below, hear Corben’s thoughts on his role in FCC’s prolific offense, the challenges of travel with a little one at home, and how he is approaching this year’s U.S. Open Cup (2:55).
FC Cincinnati’s head coach emphasized that he is focused first on their USL fixture against Charlotte this weekend. With that said, he was kind enough to also share his thoughts on how they are approaching this year’s U.S. Open Cup.
“Last year we really focused on the cup. . . It was a mechanism that could put our club on the national landscape, and help grow people’s awareness of what FCC is about. This year we’re going to try to focus on both competitions. We’re going to take the USL very seriously, but we’re going to take the cup seriously too. We want to win every single game.”
He also preached focus ahead of the Detroit City match, and highlighted the dangers of looking beyond it to opponents from higher leagues.
“Let’s not think about last year. Let’s not think about playing MLS teams. Let’s think about Detroit City next week. Anytime you overlook something, you put yourself in a precarious position . . . Next week will be a very difficult game. As we’ve proven last year, anything can happen in one game, in a cup game.”
Coach Koch also discussed how he will build on the team’s recent success and the importance of creating an environment where the players feel comfortable making mistakes (1:41).
For all the particulars of tomorrow’s match in North Carolina, be sure to check out our Match Program preview.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 season.