Cheat Sheet: FC Cincinnati vs Rochester Rhinos

An information graphic provides the vital details for Saturday’s match between FC Cincinnati and the Rochester Rhinos. Plus, four fast facts.

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Photo for header and information graphic courtesy of Ryan Meyer Photography

FC Cincinnati hosts the Rochester Rhinos in USL league play at Nippert Stadium on Saturday July 29th. Alan Koch’s side comes into the match on a high note following Monday’s international friendly against Valencia CF. That occasion provided a memorable night out for both the fans and the players, despite the losing result.

These two teams last met in early June, and a heavily rotated Cincinnati lineup fell to the Rhinos by a 1-0 scoreline at Capelli Sport Stadium. Rochester has been a bogey team for FC Cincinnati. The Orange and Blue have never beaten Rochester and are 0-2-1 all-time in this series.

Bob Lilley’s Rhinos currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference on 29 points. FC Cincinnati slots in one place above them in fifth. FCC has earned one more point than their opponent, but has played two more matches.

Rochester hasn’t been beaten in their last five outings. They’ve won two and drawn three over that stretch. They just played a match on Wednesday, July 26th, and earned a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC II. FC Cincinnati should therefore have a slight advantage in terms of rest entering this contest.

Keep an eye on the health of FC Cincinnati’s defense. Tyler Polak is still recovering from a foot sprain he suffered against Louisville City. Also, Justin Hoyte and Josu Currais were held out of the Valencia friendly as they both recovered from minor injuries.

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Here are four fast facts to set the stage for this Eastern Conference showdown.

  • FC Cincinnati is the only team in the USL’s Eastern Conference to have won their last three league matches.
  • Rochester has secured nine clean sheets during the 2017 season thus far. That’s second best in the USL. However, they’ve only kept a single clean sheet away from home.
  • Jamaican playmaker Kenardo Forbes is Rochester’s creative spark in midfield. He leads the team in passes (973), passing accuracy (85.6%) for players with over 100 passes, shots (32), and assists (4). He’s also scored two goals during the Rhinos’ 2017 campaign.
  • Harrison Delbridge continues to rack up the defensive stats for FC Cincinnati, despite missing three league matches. He leads the team in clearances (75), interceptions (65), duals won (114), and aerial duels won (62). He also has two league goals this season.

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

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Cheat Sheet: FC Cincinnati at Rochester Rhinos

An information graphic provides the vital details for Saturday’s match between FC Cincinnati and the Rochester Rhinos. Plus, five fast facts.

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Image for header and information graphic courtesy of Ryan Meyer Photography

FC Cincinnati heads to Rochester this weekend for a single game on the road after five straight at Nippert Stadium. They will face the ninth place Rochester Rhinos at Capelli Sport Stadium on Saturday for a 6pm kickoff.

FC Cincinnati now sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference after back-to-back league victories against Bethlehem Steel and Toronto FC II. They are three points clear of the Rhinos, but have played four more games overall than their opponent. Rochester has played seven games this season compared with FC Cincinnati’s eleven.

FC Cincinnati will again be without leading goalscorer Djiby Fall who is serving the last game of a six game suspension.

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Here are five fast facts to serve as a backdrop for Saturday’s contest.

  • The Rhinos Jamaican midfielder #11 Kenardo Forbes is a player to watch. He’s scored two goals this season and leads the team in chances created (13), and passing accuracy (84.2%) for players with over 100 passes.
  • The Rhinos got thumped early in the season 5-0 by league leaders Charleston, but have been stingy in defense recently. They have only conceded one goal in their last three matches played.
  • FC Cincinnati midfielder Kenney Walker has been out of the lineup for several weeks recovering from a knee contusion injury. He did, however, get a few minutes at the end of Wednesday’s US Open Cup match. Check the starting eleven on Saturday to see if this key component of FC Cincinnati’s midfield returns to the lineup.
  • Jimmy McLaughlin now leads the team in chances created* with 16 after two impact performances in USL play.
  • FC Cincinnati left-sided defender / midfielder Josu Currais, who’s signing was announced on May 15th, in now in the US and will join the team for the match in Rochester.

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

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*Chances Created are assists plus key passes where a key pass is the final pass or pass-come-shot leading to the recipient of the ball having an attempt at goal without scoring. See more at: http://optasports.com/news-area/blog-optas-event-definitions.aspx#sthash.LMx5JuZ8.dpuf