Richmond Kickers 1 – 4 FC Cincinnati: A USL Championship Performance

FC Cincinnati dispatched the Richmond Kickers and claimed the USL Regular Season Championship in style on Wednesday in Virginia.

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FC Cincinnati has now been crowned the USL Regular Season Champions for the 2018 season. The Orange & Blue extended their winning-streak to nine in a row and are now 20 games unbeaten after winning 4-1 against the Richmond Kickers on Wednesday. The win takes them to a total of 72 points after 31 matches played.

With bad weather creeping into the area, FC Cincinnati took to the field against the 15th place Richmond Kickers on Wednesday night. From the opening whistle FCC showed its intentions, as Corben Bone got an early look at goal and fired a bullet just wide. Canadian forward Emery Welshman could not be tamed, as he streaked past the Richmond back line with ease creating his own chance just minutes later. FC Cincinnati’s relentless attack produced the first goal in the 16th minute. Midfielder Nazmi Albadawi collected a loose ball inside the box and tucked it in just past the Richmond keeper.

In the 32nd minute, the FCC defense got caught out of position and Richmond striker Heviel Cordovés found his way into the box, slotting the ball past Evan Newton to tie the match.

FC Cincinnati quickly responded and magician Emmanuel Ledesma achieved the Olimpico, scoring from a corner, to put the Orange and Blue back on top. The Argentinian was not done yet, and four minutes later he was given enough space to bend a stunner into the far post. The 3-1 lead would last through the end of the first half.

With the threat of severe weather imminent, the second half started. As the conditions became sloppy, the play also turned sloppy for both squads. With lightning detected in the area, the game was stopped in the 59th minute, with FCC still up 3-1.

After an hour delay, play resumed and so did the pressure from the Orange & Blue attack. Forward Emery Welshman capped off a stellar performance by picking off a pass and driving into the box. The Richmond keeper had no chance as the Canadian striker calmly finished to make it 4-1. That goal sealed the win, and the USL Regular Season Championship for FC Cincinnati.

Final Score: Richmond Kickers 1 – 4 FC Cincinnati

Standings Update

One thing is for sure. FC Cincinnati earned the USL Regular Season Championship on Wednesday with three matches remaining in the regular season. What we don’t know yet is who they will face in the first round of the playoffs. Take a look at FCC’s totals versus the rest of the pack.

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Highlight of the Match

As he has done all season, Emmanuel Ledesma delivered another stunner.  The fabled, Olimpico.

Quote of the Match

Alan Koch had the following to say about celebrating FC Cincinnati’s USL Regular Season Championship.

“It’s amazing to see the guys that you go to work with every single day — players, staff, everybody — just absolutely ecstatic. Everybody is going nuts. It’s the epitome of what we do every single day. We’ve all sacrificed so much to achieve this. We’re all incredibly proud of everybody, we’re excited to share this moment with some of our fans that were here tonight and we can’t wait to get back to Cincy.”

Stat of the Match

31% – The overall dominance by FC Cincinnati was evident in nearly all areas of the pitch. Recently, they have not dominated total shots however, but tonight was a different story. FCC outshot the Richmond Kickers 19 to 12 and continued to show clinical finishing prowess. Of their 13 unblocked shots, 4 found the back of the net for a 31% conversion rate, which is 10% higher than their league leading conversion rate of 21%.

Who Started?

Alan Koch made six changes from the side that beat Penn FC 2-1 last Saturday. Evan Newton, Paddy Barrett, Kenny Walker, Nazmi Albadawi, Fatai Alashe, and Justin Hoyte all joined the starting eleven Wednesday night.

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Bone (92′ Konate) – Albadawi – Ledesma (75′ McLaughlin)
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Smith – Lasso – Barrett (C) – Hoyte
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What’s Next?

FC Cincinnati returns home to Nippert Stadium as champions for the final home game of the USL regular season. They’ll face I-74 rivals Indy Eleven for the third time this season, and will look to close out their home schedule in style on “Fan Appreciation Night.” A probable sellout crowd will witness the crowning of the champions, as the league trophy will be presented at the match. They’ll then finish the regular season with two away games to complete the schedule before the playoffs begin.

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FC Cincinnati clinched the 2018 USL regular season championship on Wednesday by a 4-1 scoreline at City Stadium in Richmond. They had to survive an hour and twenty minute lightning delay, but the match resumed and the Orange & Blue cruised to their ninth consecutive victory. Their 72-point total after 31 matches cannot be topped by anyone in the Eastern or Western Conference. Therefore, they have claimed the best record in the USL and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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Match Program: FC Cincinnati at Richmond Kickers

Orange & Blue Press’ Match Program supplies the information and fast facts you need for FC Cincinnati’s league meeting with the Richmond Kickers.

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With the Eastern Conference crown captured on Saturday, FC Cincinnati can now turn their attention to finishing with the best record in the USL. They’ll meet the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium on Wednesday with just four matches remaining in the 2018 regular season. Alan Koch’s side will face the Kickers while maintaining a staggering eight-game win streak and a 19-game unbeaten run.

Two teams from the Western Conference, Orange County SC and Phoenix Rising FC, still have a slim chance to match or better FC Cincinnati’s current point total. If the Orange & Blue win on Wednesday night, that won’t matter. They’ll finish with the best record in league, clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and the right to host the USL Cup final if they get there.

It was June when these two Eastern Conference foes last met. FC Cincinnati delivered one of their most comprehensive performances of the season that night, beating Richmond 4-0. Emmanuel Ledesma scored twice, and Nazmi Albadawi and Danni König did the rest of the damage. A crowd of 28,026 was on hand to witness the rout. That attendance has been the highest total at Nippert to date in 2018. The Orange & Blue are 2-0-3 all-time against the Kickers. Although they’ve beaten the Virginia outfit in both of the last two meetings, they’ve never won a match in Richmond. Both previous games at City Stadium finished 1-1.

David Bulow’s Richmond Kickers squad currently sits in 15th place in the Eastern Conference and has already been eliminated from playoff contention. The 38-year-old former Richmond player is in his first year as head coach there. He was appointed following the decision of long-time skipper Leigh Cowlishaw to step aside after 19 seasons at the helm.

Alan Koch should have a fairly full squad to choose from and will likely continue a policy of  rotation. Richie Ryan is still out with a long-term leg injury, and both Fatai Alashe and Pa Konate are nursing minor knee injuries and listed as questionable for the contest.

Fast Facts

Here are five fast facts to get you ready for Wednesday’s 7:00pm kickoff.

  • FCC’s offense gets a lot of attention, but their defense has conceded the third fewest goals in USL this season at 30 (tied with two other teams). In comparison, the Kickers have conceded 67 goals over the same number of games.
  • The Kickers are also dead last in the USL in goals scored at 25 total for the season.
  • Despite their vastly different results this season, the Richmond Kickers’ passing accuracy of 78% is 0.5% higher than FC Cincinnati’s.
  • Forrest Lasso made a monumental header-save on Saturday to secure FC Cincinnati’s victory. The North Carolina native leads the team in clearances, blocks, and aerial duels won. He has won 96 more aerial duels than any other player on FC Cincinnati’s roster. Wow.
  • The Richmond Kickers hold the longest unbeaten streak in USL history at 22 matches without a loss, which they achieved in 2013. FC Cincinnati can move within two of that total with a win or a draw on Wednesday. They can surpass the Kicker’s historic record if they extend their unbeaten streak through the end of the regular season.

Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati versus the Richmond Kickers on Wednesday night.

Images: FC Cincinnati 4 – 0 Richmond Kickers

Images of FC Cincinnati’s victory over the Richmond Kickers on Saturday June 16th at Nippert Stadium.

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Here are images of FC Cincinnati’s 4-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, June 16th. When browsing the gallery below, for any given image, a high-resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.” Photographer credit is found on the watermark for each image. Images courtesy of Joe Craven and Ryan Meyer.

For more particulars of Saturday’s contest, turn your attention to the following article.
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FC Cincinnati 4 – 0 Richmond Kickers: Offensive Onslaught Rounds Out Dominating Performance

FC Cincinnati delivered their most comprehensive victory of the season on Saturday, dispatching the Richmond Kickers 4-0 at Nippert Stadium.

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With the 2018 World Cup competition officially underway, soccer is arguably the most talked about sport around the globe. The most talked about team in Cincinnati took to the pitch in front of a packed house Saturday in pursuit of their own cup glory, the USL Cup. Fans were not disappointed as they watched the Orange & Blue blank Richmond Kickers 4-0 in magisterial fashion.

Eastern Conference leader FC Cincinnati wasted no time taking control of the match. Magician Emmanuel Ledesma managed to once again wow the fans with an absolute stunner of a goal in the 8th minute, to put the home team in the lead.

The goal set the tone for what would come, as FCC moved the ball methodically through the midfield. That movement would create another amazing goal in the 36th minute. Nazmi Albadawi received a ball under pressure and managed to create enough space to hit a scorcher past the Richmond keeper. Gorgeous.

Coming out of the halftime break up 2-0, FCC was not content to sit on that lead. They wanted more. The fans wanted more. And more would come in the 60th minute as Justin Hoyte slotted a perfect ball through the Richmond defense and into the path of FCC’s all time leading scorer Danni König. The Danish striker calmly pushed it past the keeper to extend the lead to three. With the flood gates opened FCC would get a fourth in the 67th minute as Emmanuel Ledesma curled a left footed strike into the net, earning the brace and player of the match honors.

Final Score: FC Cincinnati 4 – 0 Richmond Kickers

The victory takes the Orange & Blue to the 30 point mark after 15 matches this season. As a result, Alan Koch’s side remains in first place position in the Eastern Conference. Rival Louisville city is six points behind with three games in hand. LCFC could only a manage a draw on Saturday against 11th place Penn FC at Slugger Field.

Alan Koch had the following to say about the team’s recent results after the match .

“Ten (points) out of 12 and considering going to New York and going to North Carolina and playing against a very, very good Bethlehem the other night, and getting three points tonight is a fantastic stretch. And obviously the disappointment of losing in penalty kicks – but the performance against Minnesota of MLS was first-class, too, . . . So, the last two weeks have been very impressive from the players and everyone associated with what we do.”

Key Events

8′ – GOAL – CIN – Emmanuel Ledesma (assist Danni Konig)
33′ – YELLOW CARD – RIC – Heviel Cordoves
36′ – GOAL – CIN – Nazmi Albadawi (assist Mike Lahoud)
60′ – GOAL – CIN – Danni König (assist Justin Hoyte)
67′ – GOAL – CIN – Emmanuel Ledesma (assist Justin Hoyte)
82′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Emery Welshman
90′ – YELLOW CARD – RIC – Mekeil Williams
90+2′ – YELLOW CARD – CIN – Dekel Keinan

Match Notes

Saturday’s crowd of 28,026 represents the largest attendance number of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 season.

FC Cincinnati’s 30 goals is first overall in the Eastern Conference and second in the USL behind Phoenix Rising FC.

Danni König and Emmanuel Ledesma are now tied for the 2018 goalscoring lead with 7 goals each.

The victory improves FC Cincinnati’s home record to 3-2-2. They still have twice as many wins on the road as they do at Nippert Stadium this season. They’ll have a chance to improve on that record with a heavy slate of home matches over the upcoming period.

Saturday’s match was the first game of 8 USL games at home between June 16 and August 8, which is the most home games in a 10-match stretch in club history.

Captain Dekel Keinan recovered from a groin strain and Richie Ryan recovered from a knee injury to start in this match. Both played the full 90 minutes.

Starting XI

Ledesma – Konig (69′ Welshman)
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Bone (83′ McLaughlin) – Lahoud (74′ Walker)
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Smith – Keinan – Barrett – Hoyte
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What’s Next?

The Orange & Blue have completed a difficult stretch of five matches in 15 days. Thankfully, they will now get a much-deserved rest. They get 10 days to recover, relax, and take in the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Their next opponent is cellar-dwellers Toronto FC II, who they will play in Canada on Wednesday, June 27th. That match is followed four days later by a contest against another Canadian opponent, Ottawa Fury, FC at Nippert Stadium.

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Match Program: FC Cincinnati vs Richmond Kickers

Orange & Blue Press’ Match Program gives you the information and five fast facts before Saturday’s home game versus the Richmond Kickers.

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The rest of the world may be buzzing about that tournament in Russia, but FC Cincinnati still has one more game before a mini-break of their own. Hoping to correct a sluggish start to the home schedule, the Boys in Orange & Blue welcome the Richmond Kickers to Nippert Stadium on Saturday.

FCC returned home to a midweek crowd of 22,407, only to share the points with Bethlehem Steel FC in a 2-2 draw on Wednesday. The team was unable to completely capitalize on a Steel FC red card and goals by Nazmi Albadawi and Russell Cicerone. Despite the draw, FCC remains unbeaten in the past three games. The team still leads the Eastern Conference with 27 points, but failed to make significant distance from the field. Louisville City is only four points behind with three games in hand.

Meanwhile, Richmond remains near the bottom of the table in 14th place, despite enjoying a home-heavy schedule. The Kickers lost 2-1 on the road against Penn FC last Tuesday and remain without a point on the road (0-4-0). This trend is a continuation from last year. The Kickers won only twice on the road in 2017 and finished in 14th place with only 8 wins, the worst total in Leigh Cowlishaw’s 17 seasons as head coach. It was also the first time since 2003 that Richmond failed to qualify for any form of league playoffs.

Richmond’s arrival comes at good time for Cincinnati, who has yet to lose to the Kickers in their short rivalry. FCC rode an early Djiby goal and a late Aodhan Quinn penalty kick to blank Richmond 2-0 at home last year. In their three matches prior to that, FCC and Richmond drew with the same result each time (1-1).

FCC will regain the services of Emmanuel Ledesma, who is returning from a yellow-card suspension. The team may also return quite a few players who rested on Wednesday during the current span of five games in 15 days. However, Cincinnati could be without defender Dekel Keinan, who left Wednesday’s game with an apparent groin strain.

Fast Facts

Here are five fast facts to get you ready for Saturday’s packed game at Nippert.

  • If you attend a Richmond game, you will rarely see a 0-0 score line. Despite taking only 33 shots on target, Richmond has scored 14 goals over 12 games and has only been shut out once. Every other team in the USL has been shut out at least two times.
  • However, Richmond has also given up 20 goals over the same span and has only 2 clean sheets of their own. Only Las Vegas, Seattle, Tulsa, and Atlanta have less clean sheets than the Kickers. Goalkeeper Travis Worra, who is on loan from D.C. United, has both shutouts for Richmond.
  • Richmond and Cincinnati are polar opposites when it comes to aggression on the pitch. Cincinnati is second in the USL in yellow cards (32) and fifth in fouls conceded (191). Richmond is near the bottom in both categories (18 yellow cards, 128 fouls conceded).
  • Although Richmond received Dane Kelly, last year’s Golden Boot winner, on loan from D.C. United, he has only appeared in 4 games and has scored only once. The team’s main threat has been NASL-veteran forward Brian Shriver, who leads the team in minutes, assists, shots on target, and chances created. Shriver and teammate Heviel Cordovés lead the team in goals (3) and shots (13).
  • FCC’s “hydra offense” is starting to spread out. With his goal on Wednesday, Russell Cicerone is FCC’s ninth player to score this year in 14 USL games. It took 25 games last year before FCC had gotten goals from nine different players (Sem de Wit vs. Ottawa on August 23rd).

Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for complete coverage of FC Cincinnati vs Richmond on Saturday night.

Match Photos: FC Cincinnati 2 – 0 Richmond Kickers

Fourty-five images, courtesy of Ryan Meyer, of FC Cincinnati’s victory over the Richmond Kickers at Nippert Stadium on July 9th.

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Here are 45 images of FC Cincinnati’s victory over the Richmond Kickers courtesy of Ryan Meyer. When browsing the gallery below for any given image, a high resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.”

Also see the post-match analysis: FC Cincinnati 2 – 0 Richmond Kickers: Four Numbers that Mattered

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FC Cincinnati 2 – 0 Richmond Kickers: Four Numbers that Mattered

Four numbers that mattered in FC Cincinnati’s league victory over the Richmond Kickers at Nippert Stadium on Sunday, July 9th.

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FC Cincinnati dispatched the Richmond Kickers by a 2-0 scoreline at Nippert Stadium on Sunday. Djiby scored the game winning goal for the Orange and Blue, his ninth in USL league play and twelfth in all competitions. The Senegalese striker gave the home side an advantage less than three minutes into the match. Kenny Walker served up a tasty long ball from midfield that split Richmond’s defenders. Djiby ran through one-on-one with the goalkeeper and struck with his first touch, finishing low to the keepers left.

Most of the match was played with FC Cincinnati controlling play and nurturing a one goal advantage. They created a litany of quality scoring opportunities and maintained over sixty percent possession for most of the contest. They found a second goal elusive nevertheless.

Richmond came to life with twenty minutes remaining and pressed hard for an equalizer. They pinned FC Cincinnati back for an eight minute stretch earning a series of dangerous free kicks and corner kicks. Alan Koch’s side held firm under the pressure though, and FC Cincinnati found an insurance goal at the end of regulation.

Danni König broke free on goal down the right side of the field. He dribbled into the box and shot on target, but Richmond keeper Matt Turner parried the ball away. The parried strike made contact with defender Brandon Troyer’s arm, and the referee awarded a penalty kick to FC Cincinnati.

A bleached-blond Aodhan Quinn stepped up and slammed the spot kick down the middle for a second goal. Frustrations continued though, because the referee disallowed that goal, and ordered the penalty kick to be retaken. Quinn finished twice under the pressure though, this time low and to the keepers left.

The converted penalty kick iced the game, and FC Cincinnati went on to win their sixth league match of the season. Five of those six wins have come at Nippert Stadium. FC Cincinnati moves up to sixth place in the Eastern Conference with the win.

Four Numbers that Mattered

90%+ – The passing accuracy of Corben Bone and Kenney Walker. The midfield duo controlled the middle of the park, combining for 193 touches and 157 passes. They each did so at over a 90% passing accuracy and were a big reason why FC Cincinnati dominated large spells of play during this contest.

76% – The percentage of FC Cincinnati’s shots that came from inside the box. In recent matches, the Orange and Blue have been held at arms length, with the majority of their shots on goal from coming outside the box. In this match they created quality chances at close range. If they would have been more clinical in front of goal, this match would have been settled early. Credit also goes to Richmond goalkeeper Matt Turner, who had seven saves on the night.

32 – The jersey number of Justin Hoyte. Hoyte is a veteran defender but one of the club’s newest signings. He stepped into the back three on Sunday in place of an injured Harrison Delbridge, who missed his second consecutive match. Hoyte was a key part of the clean sheet effort. He had 74 passes (3rd highest on the team) with a 92% passing accuracy. He won 4 duels, lost none, and made 2 clearances. Hoyte was in the back three against the Chicago Fire in the last match of the US Open Cup. It will be interesting to see if he gets more time in this role (as opposed to fullback/wingback) as the season progresses.

8 – The number of teams left in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, including FC Cincinnati. After earning a critical USL victory with a full-strength eleven on Sunday, the Orange and Blue now turn their attention to Miami FC in the Open Cup. Koch played a changed lineup against the Chicago Fire in the last round, then substituted on regulars like Walker, Bone, and Wiedeman later in the match. Will we see more of the same on Wednesday in Florida? In his post-match press conference, Alan Koch said the following.

This game is the worst possible preparation for Wednesday’s game, because it’s another game…we’ll have to rotate in some respect. We’ll have to make smart decisions on who is physically fit…the health of our players is paramount though.”

Match Photos via Ryan Meyer

 

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Cheat Sheet: FC Cincinnati vs Richmond Kickers

An information graphic provides the vital details for Sunday’s match between FC Cincinnati and the Richmond Kickers. Plus, four fast facts.

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FC Cincinnati returns from their Florida road trip for a showdown with the Richmond Kickers at Nippert Stadium on Sunday. The Orange and Blue will be looking for maximum points after losing 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Thursday.

These two teams last met for a 1-1 stalemate in early May in Virginia. Jimmy McLaughlin rescued a draw after Richmond went up a goal in the first half.

Simply put, Richmond is struggling this season. They sit second from bottom in the Eastern Conference and have only two wins this season. They haven’t won any matches since they played FC Cincinnati over two months ago.

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

  • FC Cincinnati and Richmond have met three times in 2016 and 2017 and each match has ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • With ten goals this season, Richmond has scored the second fewest goals in the 30 team USL. Only Toronto FC II has fewer with nine. FC Cincinnati’s defense should be eyeing a clean sheet in this match.
  • Harrison Delbridge is injured with an ab strain and his outlook for return is day-to-day. He leads the team in duels won* with 103, which is 29 more duels won than any other FCC player. FC Cincinnati lost both matches that Delbridge missed this season (away to Rochester and Tampa).
  • The Kickers leading goalscorer, Alhaji Kamara, was owned by D.C. United and sold in late June to Al-Taawoun FC of the Saudi Professional League. Kamara had four goals in nine appearances for Richmond.

Stay tuned to Orange and Blue press for more coverage of Sunday’s must-win match.

*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. More on Opta Stats

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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)

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