Audio: Barrett on USL Honors and Koch on Charleston Matchup

Orange & Blue Press caught up with Paddy Barrett and Alan Koch ahead of Saturday’s USL clash versus the Charleston Battery.

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Orange & Blue Press caught up with Paddy Barrett and Alan Koch ahead of Saturday’s Eastern Conference showdown with the Charleston Battery.

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180812191729_D4S_6241Paddy Barrett gave us his thoughts on his USL Team of the Week selection and adjusting to Cincinnati’s summer climate.

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Alan Koch then spoke to us about the Charleston Battery and how different these two teams are since they met in March. He also speaks to Charleston’s physicality, and how he’s approaching the upcoming stretch of five difficult games.

Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati versus Charleston Battery on Saturday.

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Audio: Adi’s First Week, Koch on Nashville, and Keinan on Clean Sheets

Orange & Blue Press caught up with Fanendo Adi, Alan Koch, and Dekel Keinan ahead of Saturday’s USL clash versus Nashville SC.

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Orange & Blue Press caught up with Fanendo Adi, Alan Koch, and Dekel Keinan ahead of Saturday’s USL clash versus Nashville SC. As you’ll hear on the audio, we were standing basically behind the goal just after training, occasionally dodging errant shots.

FC Cincinnati’s newest star, Fanendo Adi, gave his thoughts on his first week with the club and how he’s settling into life in Cincinnati.

Alan Koch spoke to us about Nashville, team chemistry, and his partnership with Technical Director Luke Sassano.

Finally, team captain Dekel Keinan told us about the defense’s recent success and his role in integrating the team’s new signings.

Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati versus Nashville SC.

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Audio: “Unselfish” Partnerships a Key to Recent Success

Corben Bone shares his thoughts on FC Cincinnati’s recent offensive success and Alan Koch talks US Open Cup, recent success, and making mistakes.

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Orange and Blue Press checked in with Corben Bone and Alan Koch at FC Cincinnati’s training session on Thursday. It was their third session of the week following last Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Atlanta United 2. FCC travels to Charlotte today ahead of a league clash with the Charlotte Independence on Saturday.

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Plano, Texas native Corben Bone has been a constant in Alan Koch’s plans so far this season. Bone has started all eight games, played the most minutes of any midfielder, and has three goals and an assist in his past three outings.

In the audio below, hear Corben’s thoughts on his role in FCC’s prolific offense, the challenges of travel with a little one at home, and how he is approaching this year’s U.S. Open Cup (2:55).

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FC Cincinnati’s head coach emphasized that he is focused first on their USL fixture against Charlotte this weekend. With that said, he was kind enough to also share his thoughts on how they are approaching this year’s U.S. Open Cup.

“Last year we really focused on the cup. . . It was a mechanism that could put our club on the national landscape, and help grow people’s awareness of what FCC is about. This year we’re going to try to focus on both competitions. We’re going to take the USL very seriously, but we’re going to take the cup seriously too. We want to win every single game.”

He also preached focus ahead of the Detroit City match, and highlighted the dangers of looking beyond it to opponents from higher leagues.

“Let’s not think about last year. Let’s not think about playing MLS teams. Let’s think about Detroit City next week. Anytime you overlook something, you put yourself in a precarious position . . . Next week will be a very difficult game. As we’ve proven last year, anything can happen in one game, in a cup game.”

Coach Koch also discussed how he will build on the team’s recent success and the importance of creating an environment where the players feel comfortable making mistakes (1:41).

For all the particulars of tomorrow’s match in North Carolina, be sure to check out our Match Program preview.

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Match Program: FC Cincinnati at Charlotte Independence

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Audio: Back to Canada – Opportunity to Build on Recent Performance

Richie Ryan shares his thoughts on the club he captained in 2015 and Alan Koch talks preparations and injuries ahead of the match with Ottawa Fury FC.

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Orange & Blue Press checked in with Richie Ryan and Alan Koch at FC Cincinnati’s training session on Thursday. It was their third and final session of the week following an exciting second-half comeback draw versus the Riverhounds last Saturday at Nippert.

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Richie Ryan vs Pittsburgh / Image: Joe Craven

Richie is one of five FC Cincinnati players to log every minute (450) of the 2018 USL season so far. As highlighted by Orange & Blue Press recently, Ryan’s metronome-style distribution leads the team in passes (327), passing accuracy (86.2%), passes per 90 minutes (65.4) and passing percentage in the opponents’ half (82.9%).

In the audio below, Richie talks about his two years with Ottawa Fury FC in 2014-2015 and his thoughts on returning to play at TD Place Stadium. He states,”In the five games we’ve shown growth as a squad of players and I think the second half especially against Pittsburgh we showed a lot of positive signs.” He also provides his thoughts about the healthy competition within the team and having Mike (Lahoud) as an FCC teammate (2:17).

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We also spoke to Alan Koch, who is excited to go back to Canada. “I’m a Canadian citizen, so it’s always fun to go back and play against Canadian teams.” He added, “We want to build on our second-half performance against Pittsburgh”. In addition, FCC’s coach shared his thoughts on the recent adjustments to the squad’s shape, the upcoming fixture load and player depth, Michael Lahoud’s progress,  and provides a quick injury report (3:03).

For all the particulars of Saturday’s match away to Fury FC, be sure to check out our Match Program preview.

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Match Program: FC Cincinnati at Ottawa Fury FC

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for our coverage of the Fury FC match on Saturday.

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Audio: Nazmi “Feeling Sharp” Ahead of Pittsburgh

Nazmi Albadawi shares his thoughts on his first start and Alan Koch touches based on Bob Lilley’s Pittsburgh side, and MLS expansion as a distraction.

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Orange and Blue Press checked in with Nazmi Albadawi and Alan Koch at FC Cincinnati’s training session on Thursday. It was their third session of the week following a hard-earned draw against Bethlehem Steel FC last Sunday.

In the game against Bethlehem, Albadawi made his first start of the 2018 season and scored a goal in the 71st minute to level the match.

In the audio below, hear Naz’s thoughts on his first start, his preseason injury, and Michael Lahoud joining the FC Cincinnati midfield (1:51).

We then spoke to Alan Koch about what his staff was looking for when they signed Michael Lahoud. Also, FCC’s coach sized-up Bob Lilley’s Pittsburgh team and gave us his take on the recent MLS expansion chatter and its potential impact on the team (3:01).

For all the particulars of tomorrow’s match at Nippert, be sure to check out our Match Program preview.

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Match Program: FC Cincinnati vs Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for our coverage of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds match on Saturday.

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Audio: Steel FC Insights with Alan Koch

Alan Koch shares details on their preparations for Bethlehem on Sunday, including possible lineup changes, injury updates, and how they’ll prepare for the environment at Goodman Stadium.

Orange and Blue Press checked in with Alan Koch at FC Cincinnati’s final training session before Sunday’s match. As introduced in our Match Program yesterday, the team will be playing in front of a significantly smaller crowd at Steel FC and will likely see several lineup changes.

Key Thoughts

Regarding Goodman Stadium, Koch agreed, “Very different environment…this game is a business where you have to be self-motivated.”

Koch stated about Sunday’s starting lineup and formation, “There might be some changes, I certainly don’t push panic buttons…we looked at a couple different options this week in training”. He added, “Formations are just numbers, how we play it can be completely different…how individual players play within that formation can be completely different each game”.

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Listen to the full audio of our conversation with Alan Koch below, including an injury update (1:52).

Continue to tune in to Orange and Blue Press for FC Cincinnati’s match versus Steel FC Sunday.

Audio: Rivalry Match with “Added Edge” on the Horizon

Alan Koch and Will Seymore share details of their preparations and mindset for FC Cincinnati’s rivalry match with Louisville City on Saturday.

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Orange and Blue Press checked in with Alan Koch and Will Seymore at FC Cincinnati’s training session on Tuesday. It was their second of the week following a resolute 1-0 road victory against Indy Eleven last Saturday.

Alan Koch agreed with Louisville City’s head coach James O’Connor’s assessment of the Dirty River Derby as the best rivalry in the USL today.

“It has extra meaning for our fans. When it has extra meaning for them, it has extra meaning for us too, . . .The distance between the two cities and the history of sports between the two cities adds to it. The games that we’ve actually played against each other add to it. That adds a different element, but at the end of the day it’s just a three-point game.” 

Here more from coach Koch on his mindset going into Saturday’s rivalry match (0:19).

Will Seymore also gave us his thoughts heading into this weekend’s encounter with LCFC. This will be his first taste of the rivalry, and he’s looking forward to playing in front of a crowd that’s “next level, and the best in America.” Seymore is in the spotlight after playing a key role in FC Cincinnati’s recent win against Indy Eleven. He came in as an early substitute for the concussed Kenney Walker, who left the match following a violent challenge from Indy forward Jack McInerney.

Will had the following to say about what he knows of FC Cincinnati’s biggest rivalry match.

“I’ve heard stuff on Twitter from some of the fans. I’ve played in England a lot, so I know about rivalries and derbies. I understand their importance to the fans. It’s obviously going to have that added edge, but as a player as much as we want to beat a rival, we still have to get three points, . . .it doesn’t matter who it is.”

Hear more for Will on trying to stay grounded for the upcoming match (0:26).

In related news, Indy Eleven forward Jack McInerney received a retroactive one-game suspension for his dangerous tackle against Kenney Walker. Walker was back at a local hospital on Monday being evaluated for his concussion. He is listed as day-to-day but there’s a decent chance Will Seymore will be called upon once again to help anchor FC Cincinnati’s midfield against Louisville.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for a special edition of our “Match Program” preview, and more coverage of the build-up to Saturday’s Dirty River Derby.

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Audio: Koch and Smith Ahead of Indy Eleven Clash

Orange and Blue Press checked in with Alan Koch and Blake Smith after FC Cincinnati’s final training session of the week on Thursday. The squad travels to Indianapolis on Friday in advance of their second match of the season against Indy Eleven. The team is, of course, coming off of a bye week after their 1-0 opening match victory against the Charleston Battery.

Jimmy McLaughlin is now fully recovered from his shoulder injury. He and everyone else on the roster (except for Tyler Gibson) participated in training on Thursday and will be available for selection against the Eleven.

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FC Cincinnati’s head coach had the following to say about the Orange & Blue’s week of preparation.

“We’ve come in with the right mentality… we built on the exercise against Columbus, it’s refreshing, knock on wood, to have everyone other than Tyler Gibson all fit and healthy, so that’s a huge positive because you’re only as good as the players that you have.”

Hear Alan Koch’s thoughts on the defensive approach to Saturday’s match, and how the expected large crowd in Indy reflects on FC Cincinnati and the growth of soccer in the region.

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We also touched base with defender Blake Smith, who has the distinction of scoring the first goal of FCC’s 2018 USL campaign. Smith spent part of the 2014 season on loan to Indy Eleven while playing for the Montreal Impact in MLS. Blake gave us his take on returning to Indianapolis, scoring the season’s opening goal, and how they are preparing defensively for Saturday.

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Be sure to check out our match program for a deeper look into Saturday’s particulars.

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Match Program: FC Cincinnati at Indy Eleven

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Audio: Koch on Crew, Injuries, and Improvement

Alan Koch provides an update on bye week plans, injuries, and how they will approach the closed door friendly against the Columbus Crew on Sunday.

Orange and Blue Press checked in with Alan Koch after FC Cincinnati’s final training session of the week on Friday. The team is, of course, on a bye week after their 1-0 opening match win against the Charleston Battery. They will play a closed-door friendly against the Columbus Crew on Sunday to stay sharp. But their plans are evolving because Saturday’s friendly against the University of Dayton’s Men’s Soccer team was postponed (date TBD) due to inclement weather.

Training Takeaways

The original plan was to have two different sets of players feature in 90 minutes versus Dayton and 90 versus Columbus. Alan Koch will revise that strategy because of the Dayton cancelation. Exactly how was yet to be determined at the time of the interview. FC Cincinnati is completely shutting down activities today for safety reasons. They don’t want the players training or out driving in the wintry conditions.

Jimmy McLaughlin is close to recovery from a shoulder injury and may be eligible to take part in Sunday’s scrimmage with the Crew. He is likely to be available for selection against Indy Eleven assuming he has no further setbacks. Danni König is healthy but was not at training on Friday. He had the opportunity to go back to Denmark to visit family during the bye week.

The focus of the team’s efforts is on getting quality minutes in match situations and continuing to push themselves to improve. When asked about whether the eleven starters that featured against Charleston would get preference to play in Columbus (or Indy), coach Koch indicated that was not necessarily the case.

“I just told the guys, . . . What happened on March 17th doesn’t necessarily dictate how things go on March 31st . . . we have to continue to try to push ourselves.”

Listen to the audio of the interview here (3:36).*

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 season.

*Charlie Hatch of the Enquirer asks the first question regarding minutes versus implementing a style of play.

Audio: Lasso and Koch on FC Cincinnati’s Season Opener

Alan Koch and Forrest Lasso speak to Orange and Blue Press about the response to the Sacramento defeat, injuries, Lasso’s return to Charleston, and how the back line is coming together.

Orange and Blue Press caught up with Alan Koch and Forrest Lasso ahead of FC Cincinnati’s season opener against the Charleston Battery.

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“We know it’s going to be a tough game obviously. Going to Charleston, it’s a place where we haven’t had that much success as a club. But we feel confident and we’re going to put our best foot forward.”

Alan also told us about the team’s response to the Sacramento loss, and gave us an injury update on Jimmy McLaughlin and others.

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Forrest Lasso

Forrest Lasso spent a few minutes with us to share his state of mind ahead of his return to the Carolinas, and gave us his take on how the back line is shaping up.

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For more details on Saturday’s matchup, check out the Match Program below, and follow along during the game on Twitter, handle @orangebluepress.

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Match Program: FC Cincinnati at Charleston Battery