FC Cincinnati 1 – Tampa Bay Rowdies 1: Dacres Sees Red in Comeback Draw

A controversial red card could have spoiled FC Cincinnati’s night, but they held on to split the points with the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Nippert.

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A 10 man FC Cincinnati earned a 1-1 draw against a physical Tampa Bay Rowdies side at Nippert Stadium on Wednesday evening. The match was played in front of 15,227 fans on a beautiful spring night in Cincinnati. After an astonishing seventh minute thunderbolt from Tampa Bay midfielder Marcel Schäfer, FC Cincinnati equalized from a corner kick. Kenney Walker provided the service and Harrison Delbridge out-jumped his marker to head-home his first goal of the season. The opening half ended level at 1-1.

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An evenly played second half featured equal possession and a smattering of chances for either team prior to the 75th minute. It was then that Kadeem Dacres was sent-off in questionable fashion when his high boot caught Tampa Bay forward Deshorn Brown in the abdomen. The foul appeared clumsy as Kadeem tried to reclaim the bouncing ball, but the referee judged it dangerous and ejection-worthy. FC Cincinnati shut-up shop for the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time and came out with a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

For play-by-play details of the match’s events, see the match recap on Last Word on Soccer below.

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FC Cincinnati rises to 5th place in the Eastern Conference after the draw. There’s no rest for the weary though. Alan Koch’s side has two days to recover before they host Louisville City FC at Nippert on Saturday in the first leg of the Dirty River Derby.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of the final chapter of FC Cincinnati’s opening week of 2017.

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FC Cincinnati 1 – Ottawa Fury 1: Who Looked Good?

FC Cincinnati drew with the Ottawa Fury in their final match at the IMG Suncoast Classic. Five players stood out from the rest in this preseason contest.

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FC Cincinnati played USL newcomers Ottawa Fury to a 1-1 stalemate at the IMG Suncoast Classic in Bradenton, FL on Saturday. Djiby Fall got the lone goal for the Orange and Blue, his second of the preseason.

First Half

FC Cincinnati set up in the same formation that was featured in the last match, a 4-1-4-1. They’ve used that formation in five of the six halves the team has played this preseason. An unnamed trialist, who will be referred to as “Magic” given his #32 jersey number, started at center back. Kenney Walker and Corben Bone featured in midfield with Marco Dominguez holding. Djiby Fall played center forward. After a dominant possession-based performance in the first 20 minutes, the game evened out. Ottawa played into the match and had a share of possession between the 20th and 40th minutes. Neither side generated many offensive chances. Just when it looked like the half would end goalless, FC Cincinnati’s new number nine sprung into action. Tyler Polak served an excellent ball from the right corner flag. The ball dropped in the box and Djiby punched it into the goal from close range. The half ended 1-0.

Second Half

It wouldn’t be preseason without some stream failures, and the IMG stream went out at the beginning of the second half. During that time, holding midfielder Marco Dominguez got a second yellow card and was sent off. The match referee was unusually quick to show cards throughout the match, especially considering that it was a preseason friendly. As it turns out though, in preseason you can just substitute a player back in. Aodhan Quinn was introduced after Marco’s sending off and the Orange and Blue were back up to 11 players.
FC Cincinnati swapped out most of its lineup around the 60 minute mark. Victor Mansaray came in to lead the line, and Fordyce and Wiedeman featured in central midfield. Last year’s center back pairing of Harrison Delbridge and Austin Berry took up their familiar positions on the back line.
Not long after the substitutions, Ottawa equalized. After a 50-50 challenge outside of the box, the ball fell to Ottawa striker Carl Haworth. He took a touch and curled a shot past the Cincinnati goalkeeper and into the right corner of the goal. The draw played itself out over the final 25 minutes. Kadeem Dacres and Austin Berry both had a chances for a late winner, but the Ottawa goalkeeper prevailed. The game ended 1-1.

Who looked good?

Corben Bone & Kenney Walker – This midfield pairing featured regularly for the Orange and Blue last season, and will likely do so in 2017. They controlled the first half with precision passing and good decision making in the middle of the park.

Djiby Fall – Scoring goals is the hardest thing to do, and Djiby’s got two in three games. Although the team possessed the ball well in the first half they had a hard time connecting Djiby to the play, resulting in few chances for the Senegalese striker. Even so, he got a chance and converted it. He has the look of a true poacher who can find goals even without a great deal of service.

#32 “Magic” – The new center back on trial with FC Cincinnati made a couple of key interventions and distributed the ball well from the back.  FC Cincinnati controlled possession in the first half, so he wasn’t put under a lot of pressure, but did well when called upon.

Kadeem Dacres – Always a live-wire, Kadeem was the most notable of the players that came in after the 60 minute mark. He was active on the right, earned free kicks in dangerous positions, and nearly got a winner in the 74th minute.

Who do you think has been FC Cincinnati’s best player so far this preseason? Let us know in the comments section.

FC Cincinnati will play its next preseason match on Saturday March 4th at the Sacramento Republic, before returning home to two preseason matches. Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more analysis and color commentary on FC Cincinnati’s preseason.

NOTE: This article was edited from its original version. The first version reported that Dan Williams was the goalkeeper when the Ottawa goal was scored. Mitch Hildebrandt was likely in goal instead, but there are not official match records to confirm.

FC Cincinnati Captures Louisville City’s Captain

On Friday afternoon, FC Cincinnati announced the signing of attacking midfielder Aohdan Quinn, former team captain of rival Louisville City FC.

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Aodhan Quinn faced off with Jimmy McLaughlin in FC Cincinnati’s 2-0 victory over LCFC last July

FC Cincinnati pulled off a major coup on Friday by completing the signing of Louisville City FC’s 2016 team captain Aodhan Quinn. Quinn joins former teammate Kadeem Dacres as the second player to head to “the show,” and move up from Louisville to Cincinnati this offseason.

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Quinn is a three year veteran of the USL. He spent one year with pre-MLS Orlando City SC in 2014 before moving to Cincinnati’s Eastern conference rival Louisville City. The San Diego, California, native is a 6-foot tall attacking midfielder and free kick specialist who had 3 goals and 3 assists last season. Did I mention free kicks? Before Sean Okoli was making the SportsCenter Top 10, Aodhan Quinn was doing it.

The 24 year old Quinn is no stranger to the Buckeye State. He spent three years playing collegiately for the Akron Zips, where he was a MAC Hermann trophy (most valuable college soccer player) semifinalist in 2013. He was picked 52nd overall in the 2014 MLS Superdraft by the Philadelphia Union (another FCC player with Union ties along with Berry, Hoppenot, and McLaughlin), but was not signed to a contract.

Apparently Quinn got the funny coach when he was at the MLS combine, based on his 2014 Coaches’ Assessment:

“Quinn is a good all-around attacking midfielder who can score goals and keep possession. He’s developed solid technique over his college career,…Quinn’s best quality is his high workrate and his drive to succeed… and not a small amount of confidence. “Aodhan thinks he’s a lot better than he maybe is,” one coach says.” [MLS]

Aodhan’s father, Brian Quinn, is from Belfast, Ireland, and spent time in the English Premier League with Everton during the early 80s. He then moved to the US to play in the NASL and MISL. He also made 48 appearances for the US national team.

Aodhan Quinn made 28 appearances last year captaining LCFC to a 2nd place Eastern Conference finish and a trip to the final four of the playoffs. With his talent, leadership, and experience, he’ll likely go straight into the starting eleven…but who will he displace?  Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Want to re-live a little of that 2-0 victory over Louisville from last July? Find it here.

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FC Cincinnati Signs Winger Dacres from Rival

FC Cincinnati Signs Winger Dacres from Rival: Read more about FC Cincinnati’s newest player, a former rival who’s signing was announced on Thursday morning.

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Rosedale, New York, native Kadeem Dacres spent last season terrorizing USL fullbacks with Louisville City FC. In 2017, he’ll suit up for the Orange and Blue as a key part of the second year club’s attack. On Thursday morning, FC Cincinnati announced Dacres’ signing as well as the re-signing of midfielder Eric Stevenson.

Read the FC Cincinnati press release

Dacres will arrive in Cincinnati following a two goal, two assist regular season with rival Louisville City. The 25 year old scored the decisive goal in Louisville City’s 2016 playoff victory against the Charleston Battery, sending LCFC to the Eastern Conference finals (see 2 minute mark).

Although his 2016 numbers aren’t gaudy, he stood out in the three games he played against FC Cincinnati. He is an electric attacker with pace, dribbling skills, and the ability to create and score goals.

The MLS site elaborates on his attributes as a player: “He’s tough. Good body: Athletic … Hard player. You knew he was going to bring it with everything he had. … Good wide left, tricky, fast, strong, tough. Good feet.” [MLS Soccer]

Dacres will likely take up position on the wing, opposite of Jimmy McLaughlin. That tandem of wingers, along with a marquee striker to replace Sean Okoli, should provide a fearsome strike force for the 2017 campaign. The signing of Dacres could mean that Andrew Wiedeman continues to plays more centrally in attack as he did toward the end of last season. The final shape of the 2017 offense clearly depends on what additional signings FC Cincinnati makes.

Dacres was drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2014 but not signed. He’s made 73 USL appearances with Arizona United (now Phoenix Rising) and Louisville City since then.

The signing is also interesting in the context of the Dirty River Derby. FC Cincinnati’s Kentucky rival has now lost both Chandler Hoffman and Dacres, two key components of their potent 2016 offense. There’s clearly time left before the start of the season, but Louisville City’s attack looks considerably diminished at the moment.

Looking for more video of the man in action?  His 2015 season highlights are available here.

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