FC Cincinnati 0 – 2 Louisville City FC: FCC Hands Points and Top Spot to League Rival

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Hoping to ride the wave of recent successes and momentum, FC Cincinnati looked to avenge their home opening loss and remain on top of the table Saturday night. Nearly 26,500 fans at Nippert stadium would see a familiar foe play the aggressor and spoiler yet again. LCFC out-matched the home side blanking the Orange & Blue 2-0.

From the opening whistle the home squad struggled to find any meaningful possession. This allowed last year’s league champs to press high in our defensive third forcing turnovers and creating chances. LCFC’s tactics paid dividends in the 15th minute when a free kick was awarded just outside FCC’s box. Cameron Lancaster’s free kick penetrated a porous wall and found the net to put the visitors in the lead. The Orange & Blue could not respond to the early deficit. They continued to allow chances while creating few dangerous moments themselves. The score would stand at the close of the first half.

FC Cincinnati came out of the break with slightly better energy as they chased after the equalizing goal. It took 55 minutes but an opportunity did present itself as Danni König earned a foul just outside the box. Emmanuel Ledesma was given the task of leveling the score. His free kick beat the wall but not the post as the ball caromed wide and out of danger.

Alan Koch made a change in the 64th minute and Emery Welshman entered for Danni König in an attempt to spark the offense. That substitution nearly produced in the 67th minute as Corben Bone’s cross into the box found the head of Welshman, but the Canadian could not apply the finishing touch into an open goal. Adding insult to injury and essentially sealing the loss, LCFC would find the net a second time as a savable shot deflected over Evan Newton’s grasp. Game over.

Key Events

15′ – GOAL – LOU – Cameron Lancaster
29′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Paddy Barrett
33′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Richie Ryan
55’ – YELLOW CARD – LOU – Paco Craig
74′ – GOAL – LOU – George Davis IV (assist Oscar Jimenez)
81′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Dekel Keinan
85′ – YELLOW CARD – LOU – Devon Williams

Match Notes

FCC falls a spot with the loss to second place in the Eastern Conference, only one point ahead of third place Charleston Battery, and two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, who have a game in hand.

The team will be without Dekel Keinan when FCC visits New York Red Bulls II June 2nd after he acquired his fifth yellow card. That caution will earn him a one-game suspension. FCC has been shutout only twice this season, both times to Louisville at home. This time around the Orange & Blue weren’t able to secure a shot on target.

Starting XI

König (64′ Welshman) – Ledesma
Albadawi (79′ Laing)
Walker (73′ Lahoud) – Ryan – Bone
Bahner – Barrett – Keinan – Hoyte
Newton

What’s Next?

FC Cincinnati continues league play June 2nd as they travel to face a tough New York Red Bulls II squad at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. Most of the attention of the fans and the front office this week is more likely to be on the event in Cincinnati however. MLS commissioner Don Garber visits Tuesday with an important announcement about the club’s top flight aspirations.

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

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