FC Cincinnati had a frustrating night on Saturday, losing 4-1 on the road to the Charlotte Independence. After a cautious start to the game by both teams, Charlotte claimed the lead in the 38th minute from the foot of midfielder Cordell Cato. They then doubled it in first half stoppage-time when Yann Ekra’s long range effort found its way through traffic and into the bottom left corner of Spencer Richey’s goal.
Alan Koch changed the formation at halftime and also introduced Jimmy McLaughlin for Blake Smith. The move paid early dividends. Danni König scored the lone goal for the Orange & Blue in the 51st minute to bring the score to 2-1.
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Charlotte then took the reigns for the remainder of the match. Six minutes after König’s strike, Kay Vosser scored a third for the Independence, assisted by a deft backheel from midfielder Jorge Herrera. FC Cincinnati forward Manu Ledesma went down with an apparent rib injury in the second half. He was substituted from the game in the 71st minute as a result. The Independence then added weight to the scoreline in the 87th minute when Eamon Zayed produced a fourth Charlotte goal. Final score: Charlotte 4, FC Cincinnati 1.
38′ – GOAL – CLT – Cordell Cato (assist Jorge Herrera)
45’+2 – GOAL – CLT – Yann Ekra – (assist Alex Martinez)
45′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Emmanuel Ledesma
51′ – GOAL – CIN – Danni König (assist Emmanuel Ledesma)
57′ – GOAL – CLT – Kay Vosser (assist Jorge Herrera)
68′ – YELLOW CARD – Alex Martinez
71′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Richie Ryan
75′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Forrest Lasso
85′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Dekel Keinan
87′ – GOAL – CLT – Eamon Zayed (assist Kay Vosser)
Despite the loss, FCC is still tied for first place in the Eastern Conference. They are currently level with the Charleston Battery on 17 points. However, rival Louisville City is only one point behind with two games in hand.
The team will be without Forrest Lasso against North Carolina FC one week from today after he acquired his fifth yellow card. That caution will earn him a one-game suspension.
Ledesma (71’ Welshman) – König (98’ Ameobi)
Lahoud – Walker
Smith (45’ McLaughlin) – Lasso – Keinan – Hoyte
Alan Koch switched to a 3-4-3 formation and introduced Jimmy McLaughlin for Blake Smith at the start of the second half.
Nazmi Albadawi missed the match with a minor injury and Evan Newton made his return to the 18 but did not play.
As of tonight, Forrest Lasso is the lone player that has played every single minute of the 2018 FC Cincinnati campaign.
FC Cincinnati won’t have much time to dwell on the defeat. They return home to play against Detroit City FC at Gettler Stadium on Wednesday, May 16th in the US Open Cup. That match is followed by a league clash with North Carolina FC the following Saturday.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 season.