FC Cincinnati 1 – 1 Nashville SC: Bonus Track

The Bonus Track segment takes a deeper look at #CINvNSH, Nashville SC’s offensive dominance, and positives FC Cincinnati can take away from the performance.

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The Bonus Track segment is an abridged version of Orange & Blue Press’ Deeper Cuts series. It takes one or two components of a recent match and breaks it down in more detail.

FC Cincinnati faced its fellow MLS expansion awardee Nashville SC for the second time this USL season. The contest was on home turf after a week filled with dramatic headline-grabbing player signings. However, the result would be the status quo as the Orange & Blue managed to draw once again with their future MLS rivals. Similar to the game played at Nissan Stadium, Nashville SC got the better of the FC Cincinnati in terms of possession and chances created. Earning one point was anything but easy, and possibly quite fortunate.

The Bad and the Ugly

This match certainly did not live up to FC Cincinnati’s recent form as the stats will show. However, throwing another point on the top of the total doesn’t have to be pretty.

Nashville SC had a slight edge in overall possession with 52.4%. However, that possession was achieved by a more telling stat of 17 intercepted FC Cincinnati passes as the squad struggled to find their rhythm. NSC also had the advantage of attacking threats with a remarkable 41 crosses compared to FCC’s 17. Those crosses for NSC had a phenomenal accuracy rate of 36.6%, and surprisingly, failed to produce goals. Here’s a chalkboard view of NSC vs FCC in crossing attempts.

Left – Nashville SC Crosses (41) / Right – FC Cincinnati Crosses (17)

Nashville SC out-shot FC Cincinnati 19 to 4 but only managed 5 on target, thankfully. Much of the match the visitors had space to push numbers forward. NSC’s starting midfield tallied 164 total passes vs 133 by FCC. More telling was the accuracy in dangerous areas where NSC had the advantage again with 82.8% passing accuracy in the attacking half vs 69.6% by FCC. With those passes came opportunities, 10 of Nashville SC’s shots were inside the box. Adding insult to injury, Tucker Hume scoring in the 85th minute pretty much summed up the night. To be fair, it wasn’t a matter of if Nashville SC was going to score, but when and how many.

The Good

With all of that attacking, the defense has to come up big and the center backs certainly did.  Dekel Keinan and Forrest Lasso kept the aerial and ground onslaught at bay, combining for a total of 15 clearances with 16 aerial duels won.

FCC did have an attack, albeit fleeting. Danni König made no mistake in reminding FCC fans who can score, even though all the pre-match attention was on Fenendo Adi. He did this 28 seconds in, earning his 10th of the season and setting the club record for fastest goal scored from kickoff.

Certainly a moment to remember will be that 73rd minute announcement of Fanendo Adi entering the game. His physical presence and obvious abilities certainly were noticeable, but his vocal direction stood out. The team responded and developed a bit more possession, ultimately leading to a decent scoring chance for Adi.

All-in-all, a somewhat disappointing performance but still a point earned, still atop the Eastern Conference, and undefeated in 11 matches. Plus, we got a look into FC Cincinnati’s future and it is very bright indeed.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for coverage of our next match against Penn FC this Sunday.

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