FC Cincinnati stays in their own backyard this Saturday to face New York Red Bulls II in their second meeting of the 2018 season. After a 2-0 revenge win over the Charlotte Independence on Wednesday, FCC finds themselves placed firmly atop the USL Eastern Conference with 41 points. The Orange & Blue are enjoying a nine game unbeaten streak coming into Saturday’s match against the Baby Bulls.
Red Bulls II are enjoying a bit of a hot streak themselves. They are unbeaten in their last four contests, including three straight wins. Two of these were convincing wins against the Richmond Kickers and Atlanta United II. The third and most recent win was a 2-1 victory over Bethlehem Steel. This recent success sees NYRBII jump to fourth place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind Charleston Battery. They averaged an impressive four goals per match and only conceded six total over that four game unbeaten stretch. Remarkably, the Baby Bulls are winless on the road.
Midfielder Amando Moreno enters the match with a team leading 9 goals on the season. Forward Brian White has also contributed 7 goals and 5 assists. Interestingly all of the 16 goals these two have tallied have been from inside the box. They will be a handful to keep off the score sheet. NYRBII is coached by former New York Red Bull and USMNT player John Wolyniec. John has been with the club since 2015 and led the squad to the 2016 USL Cup title.
FCC has the upper hand against the visitors so far this season winning 2-1 in come-from-behind fashion at Red Bull Arena June 2nd. As both teams are coming off midweek matches, FCC will once again call on its deep roster to produce a result. With the Pittsburgh Riverhounds sniffing around the top of the table, the Orange & Blue need to continue securing points, especially at home.
Here are five fast facts to get you ready for Saturday’s 7:30 pm kickoff at Nippert Stadium.
- The yellow cards are starting to mount again for FCC, as the team leads the Eastern Conference with 40. USL mid-season MVP Emmanuel Ledesma and FCC captain Dekel Keinan are one yellow card away each from a two-game suspension. However, FCC is only one of four Eastern teams that have yet to be shown a red card.
- NYRBII are Jekyll and Hyde when it comes to home and away numbers. The Baby Bulls are 8-2-1 at home, but are an abysmal 0-3-6 on the road. While they have scored 43 goals in total, the most in the USL, they have only scored 8 away from home.
- FCC is not far behind in finding the back of the net, as they have scored 39 goals of their own. However, the shooting accuracy favors Cincinnati. New York has taken 94 more shots than Cincinnati (371-277) in the same number of games.
- A goal from New York’s goal-leader Amando Moreno often means the Baby Bulls will win. In the eight games he has scored a goal, New York has won six. What was the only game when Moreno scored and New York didn’t win? Well, that was on June 2nd, in that home loss to FC Cincinnati.
- FCC is riding a four-game home winning streak, something the team has never done before. However, their five-game home unbeaten streak is NOT a team best, as they boasted seven-game home unbeaten streaks in both 2016 and 2017.
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