FC Cincinnati 2 – 1 Bethlehem Steel FC: Four Numbers That Mattered

Four numbers that mattered from FC Cincinnati’s 2-1 win over Bethlehem Steel FC in a match that was called early for inclement weather.

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Jimmy McLaughlin had an assist on the opening goal in his best performance of the season. Photo courtesy JES Photography / Joe Schmuck

FC Cincinnati downed Bethlehem Steel FC by a 2-1 scoreline in a game that ended in a lightning delay. It was also a game that ended FC Cincinnati’s five game winless streak. Danni König was the hero, scoring two goals in a much-needed victory at Nippert Stadium.

Four Numbers That Mattered

20 – Jimmy McLaughlin’s jersey number. The former Philadelphia Union product had his best match of the season on Saturday. He ran rampant down the left, produced 28 passes with an 85.7% passing accuracy, had 4 shots, created 4 chances, and provided the assist for the opening goal. It should be said that Kadeem Dacres was very effective on the wing as well. Kadeem didn’t get an assist on König’s second goal because of the initial blocked shot, but he set up that goal, and was a significant factor on the right.

13 – The number of duels** won by Harrison Delbridge in defense against out of 17 total duels (76% won). As part of that total, he won 10 of 12 aerial duels (83%). Duels alone don’t define a good defensive performance, but Delbridge really stands out in this category.

111 – The number of minutes (approximately) between when the game was suspended for a lightning delay and when the game was called. The win was awarded to FC Cincinnati because they led 2-1 and more than 70 minutes had been played, making the result official.

10 – The number of games FC Cincinnati has played, as the team nears the one-third point of the 2017 season. They currently sit sixth in the table on 12 points with a 3-4-3 record. The Charleston Battery, who drew with Harrisburg last night, lead USL with 20 points after nine matches played. The 2016 edition of FC Cincinnati was 6-2-2 after 10 games played for a total of 20 points.

For play-by-play details of the match’s events, see the following article.

FC Cincinnati Halts Skid with Stormy Win against Bethlehem Steel

FC Cincinnati now gets a full week of rest before another important home match. They will need that rest because starting on next Saturday, May 27th, they will again play three matches over the span of eight days. Next Saturday’s opponent, Toronto FC II currently sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with only one win. It’s another must have three points for the Orange and Blue.

Match Photos: FC Cincinnati 2 – 1 Bethlehem Steel FC

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**Definition of duel from Opta

Duels

A duel is an 50-50 contest between two players of opposing sides in the match. For every Duel Won there is a corresponding Duel Lost depending on the outcome of the Duel.

Aerial Duels 

This is where two players challenge in the air against each other. The player that wins the ball is deemed to have won the duel. When more than two players are involved the player closest to the duel winner is given an Aerial Duel lost.

See more at Opta Stats

FC Cincinnati at Richmond Kickers – Speaking in Numbers

Stats and analysis that tell the tale of FC Cincinnati’s Saturday contest against the Richmond Kickers.

FC Cincinnati played to a 1-1 stalemate with the Richmond Kickers away from home on Saturday. For play-by-play details of the game’s events, see the articles featured in our recap roundup segment.

It turns out that most people don’t like to read about draws. Once people know there was nothing to separate the sides on the field, that’s all they really need to know. So let’s keep this brief. The short synopsis for this match is that a point on the road against the fourth place team and one of the hottest teams in the USL is a decent enough result.

The first half was very even. In fact from a numbers perspective, it was exactly even.

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That’s something you don’t see very often.

Here are a few more numbers that help tell the tale of the match:

4 – The number of shots on target for both FC Cincinnati and Richmond, with each team converting 1 of the 4 opportunities. FC Cincinnati had a close range Wiedeman header touched over the crossbar by Richmond goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra in the 2nd minute of play. If that ball had found the back of the net, an early lead for the Orange and Blue could have changed the complexion of this match.

2 – Number of combined shots produced by Omar Cummings and Shawn Okoli in the match. Cummings has been fantastic of late and Okoli is coming off a 2 goal performance against FC Montréal. Richmond’s tough-nosed defense effectively shut down two of FC Cincinnati’s most prominent danger men. Cummings had 0 shots and was replaced by Antoine Hoppenot in the 68th minute.

45 – Number of minutes played by both Derek Luke and Pat McMahon at FC Cincinnati’s right back position. These two players split the match with Luke starting and McMahon featuring in the second half. Luke also started the July 30th Charleston match in place of McMahon, playing 90 minutes.

32 – The number of minutes played by defensive midfielder Kenney Walker who returned to action for the Orange and Blue on Saturday as a substitute. Walker has been absent from the starting lineup since he sustained a turf injury against Louisville City on July 23rd. His presence in the middle of the park will be critical for the last 8 games of FCC’s regular season.

11 – The number of days between this match and FC Cincinnati’s next contest, an August 24th clash with the Rochester Rhinos at Nippert. The Orange and Blue get another week and a half stretch of rest and recovery before they strap-in for 3 matches over 7 days to close out August.

All 3 matches feature opponents in the top half of the Eastern Conference. 2 of the 3 matches are away from home.

  • Wednesday, August 24 – Rochester Rhinos (7th)
  • Sunday, August 28 – @ New York Red Bulls II (1st)
  • Wednesday, August 31 – @ Charlotte Independence (6th)

Return to Orange and Blue Press for more statistics, color commentary and analysis on Cincinnati’s favorite football team.

FC Cincinnati vs FC Montréal – Four Numbers

Four numbers that mattered in FC Cincinnati’s 2-0 victory over FC Montréal, plus key weekend USL results and what’s ahead.

The box score for this match was released a bit later than usual, so let’s have a brief look at how this match played out by the numbers. 

FC Cincinnati picked up valuable road points on Wednesday, defeating FC Montréal by 2 goals in Canada. For play-by-play details of the match’s events, see the articles featured in our recap roundup segment.

Four Numbers

11 – Ugo Okoli’s regular season goal total after the brace he netted in this match. This total is good enough to bring him into a tie for 3rd in goals scored this USL season. Only Jack McBean (15) and Chandler Hoffman (14) have scored more regular season goals. Okoli had 9 total shots in the game, a season high for him.

9 – Percentage of shots by FC Montréal that were on target. FC Montréal did create some chances in the offensive third, especially in the first half, producing 11 total shots. Unfortunately for the Canadians, all but 1 of those shots was off target. A lone effort on goal by Philippe Lincourt-Joseph in the first half was easily gathered by Mitch Hildebrandt.

3 – The gap in points between Eastern Conference leaders NY Red Bulls II and third place FC Cincinnati after Wednesday’s result. Since then, Louisville City FC eked out a win against Pittsburgh 2-1 to regain the top stop. Therefore, FC Cincinnati is now 4 points off the top with a game in hand.  See the full Eastern Conference standings at the USL website.

10  – Number of days between this match and FC Cincinnati’s next contest on Saturday, August 13th. Richmond recently moved into 4th place behind FC Cincinnati, after wins on Wednesday and Saturday. Richmond has won an impressive 6 matches in a row, with 4 of those 6 being earned on the road.

What’s ahead?

The Orange and Blue will need the rest on offer this week before turning their attention to a challenging schedule for the remainder of August. Their calendar includes four total matches. Three of those four matches are on the road. Two of those four matches are Wednesday matches. All of the matches feature opponents in the top half of the Eastern Conference.

  • Saturday, August 13 – @ Richmond Kickers (4th)
  • Wednesday, August 24 – Rochester Rhinos (6th)
  • Sunday, August 28 – @ New York Red Bulls II (2nd)
  • Wednesday, August 31 – @ Charlotte Independence (7th)

Return to Orange and Blue Press soon for more statistics, color commentary and analysis on Cincinnati’s favorite football team.

FC Cincinnati vs Bethlehem Steel – Speaking in Numbers

FC Cincinnati’s 1-0 win over Bethlehem Steel takes the Orange and Blue to the halfway point in their season. This segment focuses on numbers that help explain this contest and the teams’ performance to date.

FC Cincinnati’s 1-0 win over Bethlehem Steel takes the Orange and Blue to the halfway point in their season. This segment focuses on numbers that help explain this contest and the teams’ performance to date.

Match Notes

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Fifteen games have been played in the league and fifteen remain on the schedule.

The results over the first half of the season have been impressive for the first year outfit and good enough position them in 3rd place in the Eastern conference, within touching distance of league leaders Louisville City.

The team enters the second half of the season with 9 wins, 2 losses and 4 draws.

It was great to see Jimmy McLaughlin get a goal against his old organization. McLaughlin spent almost 3 years with the Philadelphia Union and Harrisburg, their USL affiliate. It clearly meant something to him as well. Following the match he commented, “When you’re playing against a team you used to play for, you want to make a good impression and do the best you possibly can.” 

McLaughlin’s goal, assisted by Bone and Cummings, underlines the wealth of attacking options that FCC has at their disposal.
10 different players have scored goals.
10 different players (a different but overlapping set) have provided assists.
14 different players overall have had a goal or an assist this season.

FC Cincinnati’s 14 shots in Saturday’s contest were spread across 8 different players.

Corben Bone’s assist on the game’s lone goal takes him to 5 total on the season, tied for 1st place in the league.

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Mitch Hildebrandt had less than usual to do against Bethlehem’s statistically weak offense, but he was still needed for 2 vital saves. What a key Mitch Hildebrandt has been to FC Cincinnati’s success in the first half of the season. Hildebrandt ranks 4th in the USL in saves, 5th in goals against average and is tied for 1st in minutes played. Harkes specifically mentioned him as a “leader in the back” during the press conference on Saturday.

Standouts

Jimmy McLaughlin – Busy offensively throughout the 90 minutes, led the team in shots and scored the game winner against his old club. What’s not to like?

Tyler Polak – Great performance after a challenging outing last week against Kadeem Dacres and Louisville City’s potent offense. He may be the most versatile player on the team given his ability to defend, join the attack down the left, and deliver quality set pieces.

Omar Cummings – This guy knows where to be in the offensive third. Harkes specifically highlighted how Bethlehem’s defense dropped off after the Cummings substitution, giving respect to his pace. He also applauded all of the substitutes in his post match comments stating that “all of the guys off the bench contributed.” Cummings has tallied a goal and 2 assists in 187 minutes of league play this season.

FCC’s Competition

FC Cincinnati remains in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, a spot they’ve occupied for a few weeks, behind leaders Louisville City and New York Red Bulls II.

Fourth place Charleston defeated the Richmond Kickers to keep pace, but Charlotte, New York Red Bulls II and Rochester all drew this weekend. Louisville city plays Monday evening at home against last place FC Montréal and will be heavy favorites to win. If they do, they will be 6 points clear at the top, but having played 2 more matches than FCC.

The Orange and Blue are eleven unbeaten now. What’s perhaps most impressive about that achievement is that 7 of those 11, almost two-thirds of the results, have been wins. There’s a real chance that undefeated streak could be broken as the team goes away for two on the road. Let’s take these couple of days to savor how good a team we are being treated to in its first months of existence.