FC Cincinnati returns to Nippert Stadium and will look to extend a three-game unbeaten streak against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. If the Orange & Blue win, they become the first MLS expansion team to take 10 points from their first five matches.
Both teams were slow out of the gates in 2019 and earned just 1 point combined during weeks one and two. However, both reversed their fortunes and come into this match on the heels of convincing wins. Jim Curtin’s Union thrashed the Columbus Crew 3-0 at Talen Energy Stadium last Saturday. On the same evening, FCC claimed a second consecutive win against the Revs in Foxborough.
Fanendo Adi (ankle) and Przemysław Tytoń (hamstring) are both listed as questionable for this match.
- Spencer Richey has a hot hand in goal and has conceded just one goal in three starts. He’s tied for second-best in MLS with a Goals Against Average (GAA) of .333 and has a save percentage of 89%.
- Union forward David Accam earned a spot next to Kakuta Manneh as a forward on this week’s MLS Team of the Week. His 2 goals against the Crew decided that match before Ilsinho added an insurance goal in the 48th minute. Accam also assisted on Ilsinho’s goal.
- Five players return from international duty, but will they be ready? Alvas Powell played the full 90 for Jamaica versus Costa Rica on Tuesday. Allan Cruz played 64 minutes and Kendall Waston played 78 minutes in the same match. Waston also left that match with an apparent calf injury.
- Capturing a second clean sheet at home against Philadelphia will be difficult. However, if FC Cincinnati achieves that feat, their defense will have gone 355 minutes without conceding a goal.
Four FCCplayers have played every minute of FC Cincinnati’s inaugural season so far. Nick Hagglund, Mathieu Deplagne, Leo Bertone, and Vicor Ulloa have started every match and have played 360 minutes each.
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