After a much needed respite, FC Cincinnati returns to league play as they travel to Allan A. Lamport Stadium on Wednesday to face Toronto FC II. After the 4-0 thumping of the Richmond Kickers in their last outing, FCC looks to maintain their road warrior status by bringing back three points from the trip to Canada.
Toronto FC II recently named their Director of High Performance Michael Rabasca as head coach after previous coach, Laurent Guyot, left the club to pursue coaching opportunities in Europe. TFCII is currently dwelling in the Eastern Conference cellar, and have collected only two points in 14 matches played. Their most recent matches consist of a 3-1 home loss to Indy Eleven and a 3-2 away loss to Penn FC capping off an eight game losing streak. Their last point earned came on April 28th in a scoreless draw with NY Red Bulls II at BMO Field.
The last meeting between these two teams was also in Toronto and the last match of the 2017 regular season. That match saw FC Cincinnati go down two goals before Danni König headed one in to cut the deficit to one before halftime. Kenny Walker and Djiby Fall scored in the second half to bring the game level after Toronto FC II scored another. It would take Justin Hoyte’s goal in the 86th minute to give the Orange and Blue the 4-3 win.
Both teams should be well rested as neither played this past weekend. However both Louisville City FC and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds only managed a point from their matches on Saturday, giving FCC an opportunity to widen the gap at the top of the table. It’s not a must win, but a should win.
Here are four fast facts to get you ready for Wednesday’s 7pm kickoff in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- FCC leads the Eastern Conference with 30 goals. Compare that to just 13 for Toronto FC II. Danni König and Emmanuel Ledesma lead the club with 7 goals each.
- Toronto FC II leads the conference in goals conceded with 33 and is one of two teams in the USL without a win. The Western Conference’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC are the other winless team.
- FC Cincinnati has a 4-1-0 all time league record playing in Canada, not bad eh? The only team north of the border to defeat the Orange & Blue is Ottawa Fury FC in 2017.
- FCC’s standout Argentinian midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma leads the USL with 7 assists. He also leads the Eastern Conference with 21 total points* after 15 matches played. Ledesma has 5 USL team of the week and 1 USL player of the week honors already this season.
Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati at Toronto FC II on Wednesday.
*Total points is calculated a the sum of goals and assists, where goals count as 2 points and assists count as 1 point.