Photos: FC Cincinnati 0 – 2 New York Red Bulls

Here are images from FC Cincinnati’s 0-2 loss against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Graphic: Connor Paquette / Image: Joe Craven

Here are images from FC Cincinnati’s 0-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

When browsing the gallery below, after clicking on any given image, a high-resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.” All images are courtesy of Joe Craven.

All images are copyright protected to safeguard the creative rights of our photographers. We’re very open to sharing our work with those who want to show support for FC Cincinnati. We simply request that you ask (via DM on Twitter or email) and give credit where it’s due. Thanks!

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2019 MLS season.

Koch Out as FC Cincinnati Head Coach

Alan Koch is out as FC Cincinnati’s head coach. Assistant Yoann Damet will serve as interim manager until a new coach is hired.

Alan Koch is out as FC Cincinnati’s head coach. Assistant Yoann Damet will serve as interim manager until a new coach is hired.

A press report released on Tuesday morning indicates that the decision was based on management’s perception that Koch had not maximized the talent at his disposal.

This decision is not driven by recent game results themselves, but rather the underpinnings that have led to those results,” said President and General Manager Jeff Berding. “We have not come close to maximizing the talent we have in the dressing room this year, nor have we seen a foundation being built that will set us up for success this year and into next year. Our whole locker room is committed to our club goal of earning an MLS postseason bid, and we need to put them in the best position to do so.”

Koch’s dismissal comes after a streak of 5 consecutive defeats for FCC despite a positive start to the season. The team currently sits at 2-7-2 in 11th place, second from bottom of the Eastern Conference after 11 matches played.

FC Cincinnati will undergo an “international search” for their next head coach.

Match Program: FC Cincinnati vs Philadelphia Union

Orange & Blue Press’ Match program give you an infographic and the fast facts you need to ready for FC Cincinnati vs the Philadelphia Union this Saturday.

Graphic: CSDIV

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.

Fast Facts

  • 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 FCC players 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.

Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati versus the Philadelphia Union.

Photos: FC Cincinnati 3 – 0 Portland Timbers

Images of FC Cincinnati’s 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers in their MLS home opener on Sunday, March 17, 2019

Here are images of FC Cincinnati’s 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers in their MLS home opener on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Captain Kendall Waston scored the opener in the 15th minute. Second half goals by Allan Cruz and Mathieu Deplagne sealed the victory.

When browsing the gallery below, for any given image, a high-resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.” All images are courtesy of Ryan Meyer and Joe Craven.

All images are copyright protected to safeguard the creative rights of our photographers. We’re very open to sharing our work with those who want to show support for FC Cincinnati. We simply request that you ask (via DM on Twitter or email) and give credit where it’s due. Thanks!

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2019 MLS season.

Images: Charleston Battery 1 – 2 FC Cincinnati

Images of FC Cincinnati’s victory over the Charleston Battery on Saturday, February 16th at the Carolina Challenge Cup.

Here are images of FC Cincinnati’s 2-1 victory over the Charleston Battery on Saturday, February 16th. The win was secured in the first of three preseason tune-up contests in the 2019 Carolina Challenge Cup.

When browsing the gallery below, for any given image, a high-resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.” All images are courtesy of Joe Craven.

Images

All images are copyright protected to safeguard the creative rights of our photographers. We’re very open to sharing our work with those who want to show support for FC Cincinnati. We simply request that you ask (via DM on Twitter or email) and give credit where it’s due. Thanks!

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s preseason.

Images: FC Cincinnati Kit Reveal

Here are images of FC Cincinnati’s MLS kit reveal. The event was held at the Music Hall Ballroom on Monday, February 11th, 2019.

Image: Joe Craven

Here are images of FC Cincinnati’s inaugural MLS kit reveal. The event was held at the Music Hall Ballroom on Monday, February 11th, 2019. Six players joined Carl Lindner and Jeff Berding on stage to present the new jerseys. In addition to the primary orange and blue kit, a white away jersey was also on display, worn my Mathieu Deplagne below.

The jerseys are not yet physically available, but are available for pre-order at the FC Cincinnati store and mlsstore.com. The jerseys are available in men’s ($85), women’s ($85) and youth ($65) sizes, and orders are expected to be fulfilled the week of February 25th.

When browsing the gallery below, for any given image, a high-resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.” All images are courtesy of Joe Craven.

Images

All images are copyright protected to safeguard the creative rights of our photographers. We’re very open to sharing our work with those who want to show support for FC Cincinnati. We simply request that you ask (via DM on Twitter or email) and give credit where it’s due. Thanks!

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2019 season.

Images: First Day of MLS Training for FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati’s preseason kicked off with a session held on a frigid Tuesday at the Sheakley Athletic Complex on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

Allan Cruz – Image: Ryan Meyer

Here are images of the FC Cincinnati’s first MLS training session of 2019. The session was held on a frigid Tuesday morning at the Sheakley Athletic Complex on the campus of the University of Cincinnati.

A surprise was in store for the media that attended. Expansion draft pick Roland Lamah, who had been in extended contract negotiations with FC Cincinnati, was present and trained with the team. FCC announced his signing officially later that afternoon. Lamah is currently categorized as an international, although he is in the process of getting his green card.

When browsing the gallery below, for any given image, a high-resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.” All images are courtesy of Ryan Meyer.

Images

All images are copyright protected to safeguard the creative rights of our photographers. We’re very open to sharing our work with those who want to show support for FC Cincinnati. We simply request that you ask (via DM on Twitter or email) and give credit where it’s due. Thanks!

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2019 season.

FC Cincinnati Selects Forward Rashawn Dally and Passes on Two in the Late Rounds

FC Cincinnati selected forward Rashawn Dally and passed on their two late round selections in the MLS SuperDraft.

The final two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft took place on Monday, January 14th via conference call and lasted less than 45 minutes. FC Cincinnati had three total picks to use at the #49, #61, and #85 spots. However, they opted to only use one, selecting a forward from a small private college in Connecticut. Thereafter, the technical staff opted to pass on their final two selections of the draft.

Round 3 – Pick #49 – Rashawn Dally

Age: 22
Position: Forward
From: Bloomfield, CT (holds U.S. and Jamaican citizenship)
College: Quinnipiac University
Stats: From the Quinnipac Bobcat’s player profile on Dally (linked above).

“Dally recorded 16 points and 15 assists in his career with the Bobcats, playing in 78 career games – which ranks tied for No. 5 in program history. He tallied six goals and six assists in 2018 to finish second on the team in total scoring (18 points). Dally recorded 15 points (five goals, five assists) in MAAC play. “

In March of 2018, Dally was also called into the senior Jamaican national team camp. He has featured in match play for the Reggae Boyz at the U-18 and U-20 levels.


Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s offseason and MLS roster build.

FC Cincinnati Selects Amaya and Four More Hopefuls in MLS SuperDraft

FC Cincinnati landed UCLA freshman and U.S. U-20 International Frankie Amaya with the #1 pick in Friday’s MLS SuperDraft.

FC Cincinnati landed UCLA freshman and U.S. U-20 International Frankie Amaya with the #1 pick in Friday’s MLS SuperDraft. That pick was then followed by four more picks — one more in the first round at #13, and three more in the second round.

Amaya addressed the crowd following his selection and relayed some heartfelt words about his path to being drafted at the top spot.

I’m just a kid from Santa Ana, California, . . .I’ve worked hard my whole life, . . .I didn’t believe in talent, just hard work.”

The draft started with some near-drama that didn’t quite pan out. LAFC made a last-minute attempt to persuade FC Cincinnati to part with their #1 pick. They reportedly offered $200K in allocation money and an international spot for the pick. FCC’s technical staff countered the offer, looking for substantially more allocation money, and LAFC declined. Therefore, Amaya became FC Cincinnati’s first-ever draft selection.

Here’s a graphic of FC Cincinnati’s first and second round draft followed by the vital information and some personal quotes from the players selected.

Graphic: Connor Paquette

Player profiles (linked in names) and values below are via MLS.

Round 1 – Pick 1 – Frankie Amaya

Age: 18
Position: Midfielder* (Generation adidas member)
From: Santa Ana, CA
College: UCLA
Stats: 2 goals, 2 assists in 14 games played in 2018. Member of the US U-20 national team that won the CONCACAF Title. 2018 USC Second Team All-Far West Region. 2018 First Team All-PAC-12 Conference.

Amaya remained humble with his selection as the top draft pick for FCC. “I didn’t really have any idea (about becoming #1),” he mentioned. “I just wanted to become a professional soccer player. . . . I’m blessed that I got #1.” Amaya also mentioned that one of his major influences was Andrés Iniesta during his Barcelona years.

Round 1 – Pick 13 – Logan Gdula

Age: 22
Position: Defender
From: East Lyme, CT
College: Wake Forest University
Stat: 2 goals, 14 assists over 4 years with WFU. Helped anchor a back line that totaled 46 clean sheets all 4 years. Played USL PDL (now USL League 2) soccer with Carolina Dynamo.

Gdula was very emotional with his selection, thanking his mother for everything. “She just did everything for me and made sure that I became successful. She worked her hardest, never gave up on me, and never gave up on herself.” Gdula also admitted that he was a Ronaldo fan during his years at Manchester United.

Round 1 – Pick 16 – TRADED

Round 2 – Pick 25 – TRADED

Both the #16 and #25 picks were traded to New York Red Bulls for $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM).

Round 2 – Pick 29 Tommy McCabe

Age: 20
Position: Defensive Midfielder
From: South Orange, NJ
College: University of Notre Dame
Stat: 4 assists in 61 games over 3 years at Notre Dame. Third Team All-ACC in 2018. ACC All-Freshman Team in 2016.

McCabe noted his attachment to Arsenal and Thierry Henry, especially when he joined New York. “Living in New Jersey when he came to the Red Bulls, I would always go watch him play. I know we’re not the same type of player at all, but I loved watching him play.” He also admired Michael Bradley from the U.S. national team.

Round 2 – Pick 30 Jimmy Hague

Age: 22
Position: Goalkeeper
From: Walled Lake, MI
College: Michigan State University
Stat: Had 26 clean sheets in 62 games over 3 years for MSU. Selected as Second Team All-Big 10 in 2018. Was Big 10 Goalkeeper of the Year in 2017.

Hague noted that he seemed to enjoy the bond with GK coach Jack Stern at the combine. “I really liked (Jack), because he was really down-to-earth. It sounds like he’s going to push me my hardest.”

Round 2 – Pick 37 Ben Lundt

Age: 23
Position: Goalkeeper
From: Berlin, Germany (German citizenship)
College: University of Akron
Stat: Had 27 clean sheets in 64 games started for Akron over the past three years. Second Team All-MAC in 2018. Played for the U17 and U23 Hertha Berlin teams.

Lundt has yet to visit Cincinnati, but expressed his appreciation to be drafted and to stay within Ohio. He also listed both Oliver Kahn and Manuel Neuer as influences. “But I try really to do my own style and take a little bit from everyone,” he stated.

Third and Fourth Rounds

The draft isn’t over. The final two rounds will take place on Sunday, January 13 via conference call at 2 pm Eastern Time. FC Cincinnati has three more picks remaining in the third and fourth rounds. They will make selections at the #49, #61, and #85 spots.

NOTE: The day and time was later changed to Monday, January 14th at 1pm Eastern Time.

Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati and the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

TRADE: “Tricky” Alvas Powell Brings Experience and Potential to the Queen City

Alvas Powell brings deep first team MLS experience to FC Cincinnati’s squad at right back at the tender age of 24. Can he live up to his full Portland potential in Cincinnati?

Photo Credit: Ytoyoda License

Age: 24
Position: Defender -Right Back
From: Danvers Pen, Saint Thomas, Jamaica (domestic player, holds green card)
Former team: Portland Timbers
Value: $905K
Deal: Traded to FC Cincinnati for $250K in General Allocation Money (GAM). The Timbers also retain a sell-on fee of 25%.
Tranfermarkt Profile

Saint Thomas, Jamaica native Alvas Powell joins FC Cincinnati as a 24-year-old with significant MLS and international experience. The right-sided defender has racked up 122 MLS appearances with the Portland Timbers since 2013. He also has 35 senior caps for the Reggae Boyz, including appeances in 12 World Cup qualifying matches.

Orange & Blue Press checked in with Jeff Bull, our writer and correspondent in Portland who is also a Cincinnati native and pens the Timbers blog Conifers and Citrus. He served up some vital details on Powell for our readers. Bull describes himself as a “full-time, modern-era Timbers fan (i.e., no NASL)” who speaks highly of Powell’s talents but also describes him as a “tricky” player. Here’s why.

Bull says that Powell “defends well because his speed contains the overwhelming majority of his mistakes. When he directs that speed toward the opposition goal, the emotions you feel will be complicated.” Here’s a look at the kind of damage Powell can do going forward.

Bull noted the highs and lows of Powell’s play. “Powell can weave his way through an entire damn defense and score a goal. Three weeks later, though, I’m slipping this parenthetical into a match report: (How many times can one man make the wrong pass to the same wrong spot?)”

Powell’s talents have been evident since he burst on to the scene in Portland in 2013. However, some Timbers fans feel he hasn’t realized his full potential in the American first division. He was perhaps suffering under the weight of the fan’s expectations after six seasons in the Rose City. Bull says “I don’t know how many Timbers fans have accepted Powell as he is at this point. What I do strongly suspect, is that Powell will drop that baggage if and when he moves to Cincinnati.”

Powell made strong bonds during his six years, but the evolution of the Western Conference champion’s defense meant the end of Powell’s time in Portland. Two weeks ago, several Oregon news outlets reported an emotional meeting between Powell, head coach Giovanni Savarese, and Timbers General Manager Gavin Wilkinson. At that meeting, the trio sat down to discuss a potential trade dealing the Jamaican away from Oregon. Wilkinson shared the following sentiments after the meet-up.

It was very upsetting, and I think everyone walked away from it just realizing how special Alvas is as a person and how much he means to the group in the locker room, and it’s probably one of the hardest meetings I’ve ever had to be a part of. [Stumptown Footy]

Powell perhaps became expendable after the arrival of left fullback Jorge Villafaña from Mexican side Santos Laguna in August. That acquisition precipitated the shift of defender Zarek Valentin to a right-back role, where he started for most of the latter part of the Timbers 2018 season.

It’s clear that Powell has the experience and skill set to be an asset to FC Cincinnati’s inaugural MLS campaign. He also appears to be a character guy that made some strong bonds with the squad in Portland. He’ll, of course, now be reunited with former Timber Fanendo Adi in Cincinnati. The question now is whether Powell can realize his full potential under Alan Koch’s guidance in the Queen City.

Another interesting aspect of this trade is what it means positionally for Mathieu Deplagne, who also plays at right back. Taylor Twellman speculated on Twitter on Christmas that the move means the Frenchman may be converted to a center back.

A big thanks to Jeff Bull for his time and insights. Look for more contributions from Jeff in the near future on Orange & Blue Press, and check out his blog at Conifers and Citrus. Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s MLS roster build. 

Photo Credit: Ytoyoda License