NY Red Bulls II 1 – 2 FC Cincinnati: Ledesma Sparks Second Half Comeback

FC Cincinnati traveled to New Jersey and beat New York Red Bull II by a 2-1 scoreline with a comeback second half performance.

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Graphic: Connor Paquette / Image: Joe Craven

FC Cincinnati traveled to New Jersey and made amends for last weekend’s derby day defeat. They rallied from a goal down to defeat New York Red Bulls II 2-1 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Baby Bulls high press gave FC Cincinnati problems early in the match, and created a turnover deep on FC Cincinnati’s left in the sixth minute of play. NYRBII midfielder Jared Stroud recovered the ball and crossed to Amando Moreno. The New Jersey native had space in the center of the box to turn, and slotted the ball past Evan Newton on his right for an early home squad lead. The Baby Bulls created more chances in the first half and should have scored at least one more goal. The Orange & Blue stemmed the bleeding late in the first period, but New York took a deserved 1-0 lead into the halftime break.

Alan Koch’s halftime talk must have been inspirational, because his team started the second half as the aggressor. Despite the good start, New York had a golden chance to double their lead in the 62nd minute. A New York shot from outside the box deflected off Paddy Barrett’s arm, and a spot kick was awarded. However, forward Brian White skied the penalty kick over the bar and that miss would prove costly for the home team in the coming minutes.

FC Cincinnati substitutions immediately followed the missed spot kick. König and McLaughlin entered the match and two minutes later FC Cincinnati equalized. Blake Smith crossed a curling ball from the left side all the way across the field to find Manu Ledesma on the right. The Argentine maestro saw New York keeper Scott Levene just off his line and chipped him from a tight angle to tie the game at 1-1.

The Orange & Blue took the lead 12 minutes later through substitute striker, Danni König. Nazmi Albadawi scrapped for a bouncing ball in the box after another Blake Smith cross. The ball squirted out to König who fired it low and into goal from close range. Both teams had a few half chances late in the match, but neither converted. Kenney Walker was introduced late in the match for Michael Lahoud to help salt away the victory.

Final Score: New York Red Bulls II 1 – 2 FC Cincinnati

The victory takes the Orange & Blue to 23 points after 12 matches and back into first place in the Eastern Conference. However, rival Louisville city has two games in hand and does not play again in the league until next Saturday June 9th.

Key Events

7′ – GOAL – NY – Moreno (assist Jared Stroud)
52′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Emery Welshman
61′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Paddy Barrett
65′ – GOAL – CIN – Emmanuel Ledesma (assist Blake Smith)
69′- YELLOW CARD – NY – Lucas Stauffer
71′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Richie Ryan
77′ – GOAL – CIN – Danni König

Match Notes

FC Cincinnati’s good road form continues. They have won 5 matches on the road out of 7 played. Compare those numbers to 2017 when they only won 4 matches on the road during the entire season.

Corben Bone played 67 minutes on Saturday and leads the team in minutes played with 1,026 minutes. He has started all 12 USL matches this season.

FC Cincinnati handed New York Red Bulls II their first defeat at home this season. The Baby Bulls were 4-0-1 at Red Bull Arena prior to this match, scoring 17 goals over those 5 matches.

Saturday’s result comes on the heels of the Major League Soccer announcement this past Tuesday that FC Cincinnati will be joining as the 26th expansion team, starting play in 2019 at Nippert Stadium.

The team was without captain Dekel Keinan for this match due to yellow card accumulation. Paddy Barrett and Forrest Lasso combined at center back for the third time this season and both played the full 90. The Orange & Blue have won all three of these matches.

Starting XI

Welshman (63′ Konig)
Bone (63′ McLaughlin) – Albadawi – Ledesma
Lahoud (87′ Walker) – Ryan
Smith – Lasso – Barrett – Hoyte

What’s Next?

A lot of matches, that’s what. Saturday’s contest against New York Red Bulls II was the first of 5 matches over 15 days for Alan Koch’s men. That follows a stretch where they’ve played a Wednesday match two of the last three weeks. MLS opponent Minnesota United is up next in Open Cup Fourth Round action on Wednesday, June 6th. That match was originally scheduled to be played in Minnesota, but after a mix-up in hosting availability was resolved, the location was changed to Nippert Stadium. That match is followed three days later by another road trip, this time to the Tarheel State to face North Carolina FC.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for our Deeper Cuts analysis of Saturday’s result and more coverage of another busy week of action for FC Cincinnati.

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