Cheat Sheet: FC Cincinnati vs Louisville City FC

An information graphic provides the vital information for Saturday’s derby match between FC Cincinnati and Louisville City FC. Plus, four fast facts.

Photo and background image for info graphic via Ryan Meyer

FC Cincinnati plays its third match in the space of eight days on Saturday when they take on rival Louisville City FC at Nippert Stadium. The Orange and Blue are up to fifth in the table after Wednesday’s draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Kadeem Dacres was sent off in the 75th minute against Tampa and will miss Saturday’s match.


In addition to the graphic above, here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for round one of the Dirty River Derby.

  • Undefeated Louisville City FC has allowed only two goals in four games, the lowest total in the Eastern Conference.
  • Cincinnati natives Kyle Smith and Luke Spencer play for the opposition. Smith leads LCFC in both tackles (13) and tackles won (9). Spencer has 2 starts and 1 goal in four overall appearances.
  • Despite being largely contained by Tampa Bay on Wednesday, Djiby Fall still leads the USL in goals, shots, and shots on target, courtesy of his four goal performance against Saint Louis FC.
  • Co-captain Kenney Walker is racking up the stats. He is tied for the team’s lead in assists with 2, but also leads FC Cincinnati in chances created (12), tackles won (18), and crossing accuracy (29%) for players with more than 5 crosses.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of Saturday’s match.


Matchup: FC Cincinnati vs Tampa Bay Rowdies

An information graphic provides the vital information for Wednesday’s showdown between FC Cincinnati and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Plus, six fast facts.

FC Cincinnati faces the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Nippert Stadium on Wednesday in their fifth match of a young 2017 USL campaign. The Orange and Blue should be brimming with confidence after their 4-0 triumph over Saint Louis FC this past weekend. The following graphic provides the vital information for tomorrow’s Eastern Conference matchup.

Background image courtesy of Ryan Meyer Photography

In addition to the graphic above, here are a few fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Wednesday’s match.

  • These two sides met at Al Lang Stadium last June in the US Open Cup. The Rowdies earned a narrow 1-0 victory in that match, eliminating FC Cincinnati from the tournament. Georgi Hristov scored the lone goal for Tampa Bay.
  • FC Cincinnati striker Djiby Fall currently leads the USL in goals, shots, and shots on target. His four goal performance against Saint Louis FC earned him USL Player of the Week honors on Tuesday.
  • The Tampa Bay Rowdies did not concede a single goal in their first three matches, all of which were played at home.
  • Both teams have earned one resounding 4-0 victory at home this season.
  • Tampa Bay averages 59.9% possession to date and have yet to be out-possessed in a match. Compare this to FC Cincinnati’s 51.2% average.
  • Mitch Hildebrandt has made 13 saves on 17 shots faced. Compare that to Tampa Bay’s starting two keepers who have faced only 7 shots on target, saving 5.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of opening week for FC Cincinnati and Wednesday’s match.

FC Cincinnati vs Charleston Battery – Matchup

FC Cincinnati vs Charleston Battery: FC Cincinnati opens its USL playoff campaign against the Charleston Battery on Sunday at Nippert Stadium.


FC Cincinnati opens its USL playoff campaign this Sunday at Nippert Stadium against the Charleston Battery. They are the number three seed in the Eastern Conference and are hosting a Charleston team that beat them on opening day and drew them at Nippert in July.

The Orange & Blue are in better form coming into the match, having won four of their last five games. The defense has been sharp lately producing four clean sheets in a row. Nippert stadium has been a fortress for Harkes’ men this season. They have only lost two matches at home all season and those have been to the two best teams in the USL regular season, Louisville City FC and New York Red Bulls II. Aside from Omar Cummings long term injury, the team is healthy heading into Sunday’s contest.

Charleston have had an up and down season but can boast some very decent road results, including 6 away wins overall. They defeated New York Red Bulls II in New Jersey earlier in the season and just beat the playoff bound Richmond Kickers in Virginia in their last match away from home.

The USL playoffs opened with an early upset in the Western Conference on Friday, as the three seed Colorado Switchbacks fell at home to Vancouver Whitecaps FC II by a score of 2-1. That result will serve as a good reminder to the Orange & Blue that despite their good form and home field advantage, they will have to be at their best on Sunday to advance.

FC Cincinnati general manager Jeff Berding announced on Friday night that over 25 thousand tickets have already been sold for the match, which is a USL record attendance for a playoff game already. The game is a white out, so fans are encouraged to wear white in support of the club.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue press for news leading up to Sunday’s big playoff game at Nippert.


FC Cincinnati at Charlotte Independence – Matchup

After Sunday’s controversial loss against New York, FC Cincinnati looks to rebound on the road against Charlotte.


FC Cincinnati looks to rebound from their controversial loss to New York Red Bulls II with a Wednesday trip to Charlotte to take on the Independence. Charlotte currently sits in 7th place in the Eastern Conference but are only 4 points behind FC Cincinnati in the standings. Last Saturday the Carolina outfit had a 6 game unbeaten streak snapped by the Charleston Battery in a 1-0 loss away from home. The Independence are known for being tough to beat at Ramblewood and are looking to secure a playoff berth of their own. FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt will be suspended from this game based on the dubious red card he received against New York.

UPDATE: As of Tuesday evening, the USL has rescinded the red card for Mitch Hildebrandt and he will be available to play on Wednesday against Charlotte. While this reversal is clearly justified, it underlines how the refereeing errors on Sunday changed the course of FC Cincinnati’s match against NY Red Bulls II.

Omar Cummings is likely to miss the match through injury. This contest represents the 2nd leg of the Queen City Cup, a two-leg competition to determine which city calling itself the Queen City has the best soccer team. FC Cincinnati won the first leg 2-1 at Nippert in their 3rd match of the season last April.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for stats, analysis and color commentary on Wednesday’s result.

FC Cincinnati vs Rochester Rhinos – Cheat Sheet

FC Cincinnati’s Wednesday, August 24th matchup with the Rochester Rhinos is summed up in one page.

FC Cincinnati returns to action at Nippert on Wednesday to take on the Rochester Rhinos at 7pm. The Orange and Blue will be looking to avenge their 2-1 July 6th loss to the Rhinos in Rochester. This game is the first of 3 games over a rigorous 8 day stretch for Harkes’ men. Orange and Blue Press offers our one page cheat sheet to break down tomorrow’s matchup.


Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for our recap roundup and additional stats, analysis, and color commentary following Wednesday’s result.

Cheat Sheet – FC Cincinnati vs FC Montréal

FC Cincinnati’s Wednesday matchup with FC Montréal is summed up in one page.


The Orange and Blue are in Canada tomorrow to face FC Montréal before entering a 9 day period with no games. FC Montréal was at the bottom of the Eastern Conference when these teams last met in June (a 2-1 FC Cincinnati win), and they are still there today. A team with FC Cincinnati’s ambitions must look to take all 3 points from this road match. Note the 2pm Eastern kickoff time for this contest.

Cheat Sheet – FC Cincinnati vs Charleston Battery

FC Cincinnati’s Saturday matchup with the Charleston Battery is summed up in one page.


FC Cincinnati will be looking for revenge on Saturday when they face the team that handed them a stoppage time loss in their first ever game in USL league play back on March 26th. Both teams are coming off their best win of the season and will be eager to take all 3 points to keep pace with the Eastern Conference leaders.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue press for our Recap Roundup and Match Notes segments. Credit is due to 6th Day Soccer whose consolidated tables make it easy to glean metrics like FC Cincinnati’s 1.95 points per game average referenced in the Matchup graphic above.

For those who like numbers, a little more below. In short, these teams are quite evenly matched.