Following another eventful week of FC Cincinnati dominating the headlines, the team returns to USL action on Saturday. The Orange & Blue look to continue their torrid pace at home versus Nashville SC and go for a sixth straight Nippert win. The club is expecting the largest crowd of the season and requesting fans to wear blue for the “Blue Out”!
Since these two teams slogged out a 0-0 draw on July 7th, their paths have varied greatly. NSC has had a difficult time earning points and finding the back of the net. Over five matches in July, Nashville SC has scored only one goal and allowed six. They have lost three, tied FCC, and secured one win, dropping them from third to seventh in the Eastern Conference race.
Over the same time span, the Orange & Blue rattled off 4 wins and a tie (against NSC), secured 4 clean sheets, and solidified their mantle atop the table. FCC is now 7-2-2 at home this season and riding a 10-match unbeaten streak, the second longest in club history. In 2016 they went on a 7-0-4 run over an eleven game stretch.
As if you needed another reason to attend Saturday’s match, FCC boasts newly acquired talent. Fanendo Adi has been declared eligible to face Nashville and will don kit #9 (Tomi Ameobi has agreed to change to #24). Per Alan Koch, there’s also a good chance fans will see Adi’s debut on Saturday. Fatai Alashe is unlikely to make the game roster, as he looks to return to full match fitness. The availability of the newest teammate, Pa Konate, appears contingent on his final Visa paperwork.
This may be the last time we see these two teams face each other in Cincinnati until the 2020 MLS season.
Here are some fast facts to get you ready for Saturday’s 7:30pm kickoff at Nippert Stadium.
- FCC’s last four goals have come from their talented center back crew. Forrest Lasso has headed in goals in back-to-back matches, joined by tallies from Dekel Keinan and Paddy Barrett. All of these coming from first-half dead-ball opportunities.
- Twelve players have now scored for FC Cincinnati this season. Including assists, 14 different FCC names have shared the scorer’s sheet. For comparison’s sake, in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, 16 players scored either a goal or an assist for FC Cincinnati.
- Nashville has lost three straight road games (at Charlotte, Ottawa, and Toronto) and were held goalless in each. They are 2-5-4 away from the Music City this season.
- NSC brings up the rear in several USL offensive categories through 20 matches. Nashville is tied for last in goals scored (18) and conversion rate (10%). In contrast, FCC is tied for the league lead in conversion rate (19%) and currently sits second in goals scored (41).
- Defensive midfielders Michael Lahoud (89.1%) and Richie Ryan (87.7%) lead the Orange & Blue in passing accuracy. Nashville’s own midfield is bolstered by Bolu Akinyode, who is the only starter with a higher passing accuracy (90.6%).
Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati versus the Nashville SC.