Orange & Blue Press’ Match Program provides an infographic and the fast facts you need to get ready for FC Cincinnati vs New England Revolution this Sunday.
Congratulations on the morale-boosting win, FC Cincinnati. A week removed from the hard-earned point in Atlanta, you deconstructed Portland 3-0 with a solid, full-team effort. Taking four points from last year’s MLS Cup matchup is an impressive feat. Doing it in front of a sold-out Nippert Stadium with the entire nation watching is even sweeter.
Oh, you were expecting a reward? Now you get to hit the road for the third time in four games during a roster-carving international break. Kendall Waston and Allan Cruz head to the Costa Rican team, Darren Mattocks and Alvas Powell join the Reggae Boyz in Jamaica, and Frankie Amaya heads to the USMNT U-20 team camp. You also don’t have your top starting striker, as Fanendo Adi is doubtful with a leg injury.
You also have to make your first trip into New England, playing against a demoralized Revolution team seeking their own first win this season. Coach Brad Friedel’s team hit a road block in Canada, losing 3-2 to Toronto last week, despite a solid offensive showing. While the weather appears to be clean and crisp, what was once perceived to be a winnable road game doesn’t feel like a certain thing.
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Although New England possesses some players who have USMNT exposure (forwards Teal Bunbury and Juan Agudelo), Cincinnati will be losing much more of their lineup to the international break. The departure of Waston, Powell, Cruz, and Mattocks means that FCC loses 26% of their minutes played (786). Compare that to New England, who loses only 1.5% (45 minutes lost).
One of these teams will have to possess the ball for the majority of the match. FC Cincinnati (42.5%) and New England (42.2%) are at the bottom of the league in possession. However, both teams were able to salvage draws in games with their lowest possession numbers.
Despite having a team built for defense, FC Cincinnati has been disciplined in their fouling. FCC commits only 10.7 fouls per game (5th lowest in the MLS), while New England leads the league (17.3). The difference is also reflected in the number of yellow cards (FCC with 3, New England with 7). New England’s Wilfried Zahibo is only one of two players who have received a yellow card in each of the first three games of the season.
New England’s newest designated player Carles Gil has been the team’s workhorse so far. The Revolution’s #10 has scored 3 goals off of 9 shots, which accounts for 100% of their goals and 33% of their shots taken. Considering that 27 of their 49 goals came from the forward position last year, the Revs will be anxious to return to that form.
With half of the starting back line missing, FCC will have to perform with untested talent. Nick Hagglund will have a bigger role to play, and so far, he’s recovered from a shaky start. His 5 blocked shots are third in the league. Waston’s void could likely be filled by Forrest Lasso if he makes his first start of the season. The big man from Wofford led the USL in clearances last year (239).
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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.
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FC Cincinnati returns home for just their third time this season to face Atlanta United 2 for the first time. The Orange & Blue conclude a successful road weary week following an emphatic 3-0 win at Ottawa and a convincing 3-2 away win to Indy Eleven. FCC enters Saturday’s contest sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference on 14 points.
As the official USL affiliate (MLS 2) of the Atlanta United, the reserve side has a large roster that mixes first team, USL, and academy contracts. Coach Scott Donnelly typically taps deep into his roster. He has started 21 players over six matches, with 23 of the squad seeing game action. English defender and former Liverpool youth player, Jack Metcalf, leads and captains the team and has played every minute this season. Defender Miles Robinson is suspended for the match after earning two yellow cards versus Pittsburgh last weekend.
Atlanta started their inaugural USL season in strong fashion by beating fellow reserve side, New York Red Bulls II, by a 3-1 score. Following three straight draws, Atlanta United 2 most recently lost back-to-back matches. They come into Saturday’s tilt in 12th place with six points and a 1-2-3 record.
The Orange & Blue road warriors will attempt to notch their first win at home this 2018 season. This is the latest in any season they have gone without a win at Nippert. Adding additional flavor, the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) has assigned Guido Gonzales Jr. as the match referee. If the name, and chant, “Guido” sound familiar, harken back to that steamy summer evening match versus the Rochester Rhinos last July. Guido became the main story of the match rendering eight yellow cards, two red cards, and three penalty kicks in the controversial 2-3 loss to the Rhinos.
Here are five fast facts you can tell your Orange and Blue friends between “Guido” chants Saturday evening.
In their history, FCC has played seven weekend USL matches following mid-week regular season contests. They have earned 4 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties in these shortened weeks. Five of these games have been played at Nippert where the home side has gone 4-0-1.
The Orange & Blue are 12-6-3 all-time against MLS 2 sides.
Returning FCC players Walker, Bone, McLaughlin, and Konig have accounted for seven of the team’s eleven goals this season.
Atlanta United 2 enters the match tied for third best in the USL with an 81% passing accuracy. However, this has not necessarily resulted in scoring chances as they rank 28th out of 33 teams in shots taken and have been held scoreless in their last two games.
Forward Jon Gallagher leads the USL side with three goals in four matches, converting 75% of his shots taken. The recent Notre Dame graduate was selected 14th overall by Atlanta United in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
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