Images: FC Cincinnati 4 – 3 Toronto FC II

Images of FC Cincinnati’s victory over Toronto FC II on Sunday, September 16th at Nippert Stadium.

Here are images of FC Cincinnati’s 4-3 victory over the Toronto FC II on Sunday, September 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.” A watermark identifying the photographer can be found on each photo. All images are courtesy of Joe Craven and Ryan Meyer.

For more particulars of Sunday’s contest, turn your attention to the following article.

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FC Cincinnati 4 – 3 Toronto FC II: Birthday-Boy Bone Takes The Cake

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FC Cincinnati 4 – 3 Toronto FC II: Birthday-Boy Bone Takes The Cake

FC Cincinnati ride Corben Bone’s brace and survive a torrid Toronto offense to extend their unbeaten run to 18 games.

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In a matchup of the top and bottom teams on the table, FC Cincinnati needed all 90 minutes and more to scratch out a 4-3 win over Toronto FC II. While TFC II has never beaten Cincinnati, their recent upset of Louisville City on the road and their 3-3 draw against FCC earlier this season indicated that this would be harder than it appeared. All 27,275 in attendance at Nippert Stadium would have to agree with that statement.

While FCC began the game with solid ownership of the ball, it was Toronto that took the early lead. Midfielder Tsubasa Endoh took hold of a free pass in the 24th minute and fired a deep volley that beat goalkeeper Spencer Richey to his left. This tended to be a common theme, as Endoh enjoyed miles of space in front of the 18-yard-box all afternoon.

However, Endoh wasn’t the only one with a hot foot. Emmanuel Ledesma set a new USL assists record (and then some) in the 31st minute, lacing a free kick into the box for a Forrest Lasso header. The big man’s third goal of the year made it 1-1.

The teams traded goals right before halftime. Fenando Adi flicked a pass over his defender’s head deep in first-half stoppage time to toe-poke a shot past goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell to claim the lead. However, Endoh evaded coverage a minute later to graze a shot past a diving Richey and knot it 2-2 at halftime.

The second half was almost a carbon-copy of the first. While FCC owned possession again, their efforts were being halted by the Toronto D line pulling them offside. Endoh then potted his hat-trick by firing a shot from distance atop the box past Richey’s left. His eighth goal in six games made the score 3-2 in the 73rd minute.

Coach Alan Koch then appeared to make the right call by switching his wingers. Jimmy McLaughlin, subbed in the 62nd minute, moved to the right side of the pitch, while Ledesma switched to the left. In the 78th minute, McLaughlin chipped a give-and-go to Corben Bone. The birthday boy flicked a right-footed shot past Patterson-Sewell to tie it at 3-3.

Ledesma made his own connection to Bone to win the game late. His cross and league-leading 15th assist in the 88th minute went unclaimed until Bone read the bounce and headed it home. Bone’s eighth of the season gave FCC the 4-3 win in the end. Not a bad way to celebrate your 30th birthday, Corben!

Final Score: FC Cincinnati 4 – 3 Toronto FC II

Standings Update

The win over Toronto and draw between Pittsburgh and Louisville on Saturday puts FC Cincinnati 16 points ahead of the pack. This means that FC Cincinnati cannot finish any lower than second place. With a win over Penn FC Saturday or a Riverhounds draw or loss against Indy, the Eastern Conference crown will belong to Cincinnati. Toronto FC II’s loss keeps them in last place.

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Highlight of the Match

While he lost points for the dismount, Adi’s goal was a perfect ten.

Quote of the Match

While FCC fought hard to capture all three points, Alan Koch wasn’t too happy about the team’s overall performance. The coach did not mince his words when asked about treating this game as a learning experience and Toronto’s overall game plan.

“No disrespect to Toronto, I thought they came in and they played very well. They had a good game plan—they almost executed it—but we gave a quality player way too much space, first off. And we didn’t play the way we needed to play. Thankfully, we have enough individual and collective class to go out and get a positive result, and at the end of the day that’s the most important thing.”

Stat of the Match

9 – FCC only managed 12 shots to Toronto’s 10, but nine of Cincinnati’s shots (and all four goals) were from inside the box. While Toronto had less shots inside the box, the space left for Endoh gave the team an incredible 50% accuracy from beyond the box.

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While TFC (green) was more accurate from distance, FCC (black) made it count in the box.

Who Started?

Much of the starting XI from last week’s match against Lou City started, with Adi and Lahoud replacing Emery Welshman and Fatai Alashe. Matt Bahner returned to the 18 after a few weeks out with a leg injury, but did not see the pitch. The team also did not see a yellow card issued, so there should be no suspensions for their next game.

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What’s Next?

FC Cincinnati takes a two-game detour away from Nippert before their last regular-season home game. The Orange & Blue face Penn FC on Saturday at FNB Field with the opportunity to clinch the regular-season title. Penn FC is still fighting for their playoff lives after losing to North Carolina FC 1-0.

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Match Program: FC Cincinnati vs Toronto FC II

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

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FC Cincinnati returns home carrying a seventeen match unbeaten streak, tied for third best in the USL modern era. The club’s second Sunday home match of the season comes against Toronto FC II. This match is truly a tale of the haves and have nots this season. The Orange & Blue are firmly in front in the East and have now secured a top 4 placement. Toronto FC II, in comparison, were the first USL club to be eliminated from playoff contention this season.

Although the Canadian club anchors the bottom position in the East with only 12 points in 26 matches, there is a revenge factor at play this weekend. FCC had a commanding 3-1 lead at halftime in Toronto in late June before giving up two second half goals resulting in a disappointing 3-3 draw. Adding injury to insult, Richie Ryan hurt his ankle in that match and is still in recovery mode. TFC II is one of three teams FC Cincinnati has not beaten this season. Nashville SC and Bethlehem Steel FC are the other two.

Toronto FC II announced in July that they will be a founding member of USL Division III’s inaugural 2019 season. TFC II is operated by Major League Soccer’s 2017 MLS Cup Champions Toronto FC and is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Group. They were the sixth team to announce they were joining the new league. This is likely a good move for the club as the new league will focus on positioning teams for long-term success by creating regional rivalries and developmental opportunities.

Both teams are coming into the match on shortened work weeks. TFC II play the New York Red Bulls II in New Jersey Thursday evening before traveling to Cincinnati. The Orange & Blue have a couple of extra days of rest and an easier travel burden this week having bused 100 miles down to Louisville and back on Tuesday. Prior to their match vs the Baby Bulls this week, Toronto brings a woeful 1-12-0 road record to Nippert.

With the playoffs secure and the East all but locked up, look for Alan Koch to tap into his roster depth and make a number of line-up changes. Michael Lahoud and Pa Konate have returned from International Duty, but likely are a bit jet-lagged from their journey to Africa. In preparation for the USL Cup run, this may be an opportune time to rest some heavy legs and play those who haven’t seen a lot playing time recently.

Fast Facts

Here are five fast facts to help get you prepared for Sunday’s early 4:30pm kickoff time:

  • USL MVP candidate Emmanuel Ledesma now has 12 assists this season to accompany his 13 goals. This ties him for the USL single-season assists record. Former Orange & Blue player Aodhan Quinn sits one behind with 11 during his resurgent 2018 season with Orange County SC.
  • FCC is a remarkable 13-0-4 (43 points) during their 17 match USL unbeaten streak. Out of a possible 51 points in this stretch, they’ve dropped only 8. Contrast this to LCFC’s own 17-game streak in 2016 when they went 11-0-6. With a win or draw Sunday, the Orange & Blue will tie the 2nd longest USL unbeaten streak at 18 games. Orlando City FC, during their final USL season before jumping to MLS, went 15-0-3 to open the 2014 campaign.
  • Since that dreaded draw in Toronto in July, FCC have suffocated their opponents. In the last 12 matches, FC Cincinnati has kept 7 clean sheets and allowed only 5 goals against. The team has reduced their goals against average (GAA) to 0.93 for the season. Only Nashville and Pittsburgh can claim better.
  • Don’t necessarily count on an easy 3 points on Sunday. Since facing FCC last, Toronto FC II has actually improved, going 3-8-0 (9 points). This represents 75% of their season point total. Don’t forget that they shocked Louisville City 4-1 at Slugger just over two weeks ago. Japanese midfielder Tsubasa Endoh’s return to Toronto has given a much needed spark to his side. He is tied for second on the squad with 4 goals in seven matches played.
  • Expect a few balls to be retrieved from the back of the net on Sunday. FC Cincinnati ranks second in the league with 56 goals scored (2.00 GFA) and Toronto is 3rd worse this season with allowing 59 goals (2.27 GAA). FCC still leads the league in conversion rate at 21%.

Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s 2018 regular season and playoff run.

Toronto FC II 3 – 3 FC Cincinnati: Shock Draw Against Bottom of the Table TFCII

FC Cincinnati could only manage a disappointing draw against bottom of the Eastern Conference Toronto FC II at Lamport Stadium in Ontario, Canada on Wednesday June 27th.

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FC Cincinnati could only manage a disappointing 3-3 draw against bottom of the Eastern Conference Toronto FC II on Wednesday at Lamport Stadium in Ontario, Canada. Things started brightly for Alan Koch’s first place squad on their second trip to Canada this season. Nazmi Albadawi, Emery Welshman, and Manu Ledesma all contributed goals in the first half of play. Conveniently, each of those three players also provided an assist on one of the goals that they did not score. Despite TFCII claiming a goal of their own via an Ayo Akinola header, a professional performance gave the Orange & Blue a convincing 3-1 lead heading into the halftime break.

The second half was quite a different story though. Toronto FC II controlled possession, created significantly more chances, and leveled the score. Robert Boskovic scored a headed goal in the 70th minute to give the home team hope. Then Jordan Hamilton grabbed an equalizer five minutes later for Toronto FC’s struggling USL team. Alan Koch’s side couldn’t jump-start the offense after that comeback to find a winner. Adding injury to insult, FCC’s metronomic midfielder Richie Ryan had to leave the game in the 64th minute with an apparent ankle injury.

Final Score: Toronto FC II 3 – 3 FC Cincinnati

Standings Update

Despite the unflattering result, there is a silver lining for the Orange & Blue. They managed to collect a point on the road, improving to 6-1-2 on the season away from Nippert Stadium. They were also able to add to their Conference leading 31 point total. Further, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds toppled second place Louisville City FC by a 1-0 scoreline on Wednesday, knocking the Kentucky side back to fourth place. FC Cincinnati still sits in first place as a result, now three points clear of Pittsburgh, who has a game in hand.

Highlight of the Match

The highlights for the Orange & Blue were limited to the first half, but Emmanuel Ledesma’s 40th minute strike certainly qualifies as a first-class finish. The Argentine playmaker now leads FC Cincinnati in goals, with 8 total on the season. He also has 8 assists after Wednesday’s match, which leads the USL.

Stat of the Match

FC Cincinnati outshot TFCII 11 – 5 in the first half, including 5 shots on target and 3 goals, but they could only manage one single off-target shot in the entire second half of play. TFCII outshot FCC 10-1 in the second stanza.

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Second half shots and goals. FCC Cincinnati (left), Toronto FC II (right)

Who Started?

Alan Koch made three changes to the lineup that demolished the Richmond Kickers 10 days ago at Nippert Stadium.

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“Inaugurals” Corben Bone and Jimmy McLaughlin both entered the match as substitutes, each making their 76th all-time appearance for FC Cincinnati (tied for the record).

What’s Next?

The Orange & Blue now face a three day turnaround ahead of their match against Ottawa Fury FC at Nippert Stadium on Saturday. The team then heads into a rhythmic July schedule that includes a game each Saturday and three home USL matches. That rhythm is broken just once by a Wednesday fixture against the Charlotte Independemce on the 18th. The month is then capped-off with an international friendly against Spanish side RCD Espanyol on July 28th.

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Match Program: FC Cincinnati at Toronto FC II

 

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After a much needed respite, FC Cincinnati returns to league play as they travel to Allan A. Lamport Stadium on Wednesday to face Toronto FC II. After the 4-0 thumping of the Richmond Kickers in their last outing, FCC looks to maintain their road warrior status by bringing back three points from the trip to Canada.

Toronto FC II recently named their Director of High Performance Michael Rabasca as head coach after previous coach, Laurent Guyot, left the club to pursue coaching opportunities in Europe. TFCII is currently dwelling in the Eastern Conference cellar, and have collected only two points in 14 matches played. Their most recent matches consist of a 3-1 home loss to Indy Eleven and a 3-2 away loss to Penn FC capping off an eight game losing streak. Their last point earned came on April 28th in a scoreless draw with NY Red Bulls II at BMO Field.

The last meeting between these two teams was also in Toronto and the last match of the 2017 regular season. That match saw FC Cincinnati go down two goals before Danni König headed one in to cut the deficit to one before halftime. Kenny Walker and Djiby Fall scored in the second half to bring the game level after Toronto FC II scored another. It would take Justin Hoyte’s goal in the 86th minute to give the Orange and Blue the 4-3 win.

Both teams should be well rested as neither played this past weekend. However both Louisville City FC and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds only managed a point from their matches on Saturday, giving FCC an opportunity to widen the gap at the top of the table.  It’s not a must win, but a should win.

Fast Facts

Here are four fast facts to get you ready for Wednesday’s 7pm kickoff in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  •  FCC leads the Eastern Conference with 30 goals. Compare that to just 13 for Toronto FC II. Danni König and Emmanuel Ledesma lead the club with 7 goals each.
  • Toronto FC II leads the conference in goals conceded with 33 and is one of two teams in the USL without a win. The Western Conference’s Tulsa Roughnecks FC are the other winless team.
  • FC Cincinnati has a 4-1-0 all time league record playing in Canada, not bad eh? The only team north of the border to defeat the Orange & Blue is Ottawa Fury FC in 2017.
  • FCC’s standout Argentinian midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma leads the USL with 7 assists. He also leads the Eastern Conference with 21 total points* after 15 matches played. Ledesma has 5 USL team of the week and 1 USL player of the week honors already this season.

Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati at Toronto FC II on Wednesday.

*Total points is calculated a the sum of goals and assists, where goals count as 2 points and assists count as 1 point.

Toronto FC II 3 – 4 FC Cincinnati: Four Numbers That Mattered

FC Cincinnati rides a solid second-half output over Toronto FC II to enter the playoffs on a positive note.

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Although their playoff ticket had already been punched on Thursday, FC Cincinnati squared against Toronto FC II at the Ontario Soccer Center with an opportunity to claim a higher seed. Considering that Toronto II had a surprising home record before the game (4W-5T-6L) with wins over Louisville, Charleston, and Orlando B, FCC had a rough game on their hands, but escaped Toronto with a come-from-behind 4-3 win.

The start appeared to be more of the same from the Cincinnati defense, going down 2-0 in the first 30 minutes. Forward Ben Spencer managed to get his head on a cross in the 10th minute that Mitch Hildebrandt couldn’t collect, setting up a right-footed goal from forward Tsubasa Endoh. In the 31st minute, Endoh collected his brace from a similar slot, slotting home a shot Austin Berry couldn’t deflect. In both cases, the defense appeared hesitant, allowing Spencer and Endoh to infiltrate the box on crosses.

For the rest of the first half, FCC appeared to find their footing, while Toronto II pulled their attack back and allowed Cincinnati to gain control. Momentum finally swung FCC’s way after Danni König skied high for a header off a Kenney Walker free kick in the 41st minute. His 11th goal of the year made it 2-1 at halftime.

The momentum continued to roll after the first goal, as FC Cincinnati started to hammer shots at goalkeeper Mark Pais, twice finding the woodwork. In the 49th minute, Walker used a give-and-go with Corben Bone to skid a shot from outside the box past the keeper’s left, his second goal of the season making the score 2-2.

The momentum was then halted abruptly in the 53rd minute. Forward Shaan Hundal managed to collect a long pass beyond the back line, looping a soft shot over Hildebrandt when the keeper came off his line for a risky challenge to give Toronto II the lead again.

However, for the last thirty minutes of the game, it appeared that Coach Koch had unleashed the wings on both sides of the field to get the equalizer. Jimmy McLaughlin had been challenging the left side of the defense all game, and his left-footed cross in the 66th minute found Djiby right in front of the goal. The striker’s 12th USL goal of the season knotted things at 3-3.

Kadeem Dacres then came on in the 68th minute, and that substitution caused chaos on the other side of the pitch to set up the final goal. Walker looped a pass in the 86th minute to the front of the goal with Bone and Justin Hoyte charging from the right. Hoyte flicked the pass past the keeper to deposit his second goal of the season, giving FCC the hard-earned three points.

With the win in hand, FC Cincinnati finishes the regular season with a 12-10-10 record, putting them in 6th place. If Bethlehem Steel doesn’t win against Saint Louis FC in their home finale, FCC will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Rowdies in the first round. However, a Bethlehem win would push them back to 7th and an away match against Charleston Battery, the same team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.

Four Numbers That Mattered

12 – The win was the 12th time this season FC Cincinnati has come from behind to capture points. While their play may not have been consistent, FCC has been showing this year that they can pull themselves out of a hole (if it’s not too deep). The team has salvaged a total 16 points (2W-10T) after falling behind this year. Of course, goals given up early from now on won’t be as easy to recover.

19 – The number of shots taken by FC Cincinnati in the second half alone. Arguably, no numbers displayed more desperation in the FCC game than the attacking statistics. While the playoffs had been assured, the team still played with an aggression in the second half that belonged to a team outside the Top 8. Of the six first-half shots, only two were within the 18-yard box, but nine of the 19 in the second half were within the box, including the game-winner.

#6 – The jersey number of the day’s MVP, Kenney Walker. While Walker put up solid passing numbers (83% accuracy, 10 successful long passes) with his one goal and two assists, it may be his synergy with teammates that makes the team better—FCC’s worst games were arguably when Walker was serving card suspensions against New York Red Bulls II and Ottawa, and Corben Bone had one of his more productive games this season with 94% passing accuracy in the Toronto II half.

-16 – FC Cincinnati’s goal differential on the road. The wins on the road versus Toronto II and Charlotte have shown the team can compete, but if FCC wants to write another Cinderella script for the USL playoffs, they need to stop the goals from pouring in. The team has given up 1.93 goals per game (31 total) on the road this year, compared to a paltry 0.93 gpg (14 total) last year.

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Cheat Sheet: FC Cincinnati at Toronto FC II

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

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FC Cincinnati travels north for the second consecutive week on Saturday to take on Toronto FC II in the regular season finale. Alan Koch’s side sits in the eighth position in the Eastern Conference on 43 points, narrowly hanging onto a playoff spot. Toronto FC II is in last-place in the East and has been eliminated from playoff contention. As we saw last week, Toronto’s low position in the standings does not guarantee success for FC Cincinnati, who is struggling to find form late in the 2017 season.

Cincinnati eyes will be on Thursday’s clash between Orlando City B and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. If Orlando loses or draws that match, FC Cincinnati’s gets a playoff spot regardless and Saturday’s match only matters for seeding purposes. If Orlando City B wins however, FC Cincinnati will likely have to win Saturday’s match against TFCII to secure a spot in postseason play.

Update: Tampa Bay defeated Orlando City B 2-0 on Thursday. FC Cincinnati, therefore, clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot. FCC can also improve their seeding with a good showing this weekend against Toronto FC II.  For details on playoff seeding scenarios, see FC Cincinnati Is Playoff Bound.

These two teams last dueled in May at Nippert Stadium. FC Cincinnati secured a 1-0 victory in a closely contested match. Danni König scored the lone goal. In addition, Tyler Polak turned in a man-of-the-match performance, providing an assist and clearing a ball off the goal line to seal the victory.

Assist-leader Kenney Walker will return to action after serving a one-game suspension last week against Ottawa Fury FC. Make note of the 7:30pm kickoff time.

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Four Fast Facts

Here are four fast facts to serve as a backdrop for this contest.

  • Toronto FC II has scored only 24 total goals in USL play, the second-lowest total in the league, and 14 less goals than FC Cincinnati.
  • In their last five away matches, FC Cincinnati has conceded 12 goals, for an undesirable 2.4 goals against average (GAA).
  • The center forward trio of Djiby, König, and Kyle Greig has been quiet lately, contributing just one goal combined in the last five matches for the Orange and Blue.
  • Toronto FC II has secured only 3 points in their last five matches, but those three points were earned by claiming a 1-0 victory over Eastern Conference leaders Louisville City FC on September 27th.

The match at Nippert earlier this season was very close. FC Cincinnati will have to turn in a quality road performance to come out on top on Saturday. Stay tuned to Orange and Blue press for more coverage of Saturday’s match.

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FC Cincinnati 1 – 0 Toronto FC II: König Strikes Again

Talking points and match photos from FC Cincinnati’s Memorial Day weekend victory over Toronto FC II at Nippert Stadium.

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FC Cincinnati earned a 1-0 win over Toronto FC II in a Memorial Day weekend clash at Nippert Stadium. Danni König scored a headed goal in the 18th minute to earn the victory. The goal provided a second straight USL win, and a third consecutive victory in all competitions for Alan Koch’s team. 18,214 fans looked-on as a tightly-contested match was played under hot and humid conditions in Cincinnati. FC Cincinnati also recognized hometown heroes as part of the match, including local veterans, police, firefighters, and first responders.

Match Photos

Images of Saturday’s victory against Toronto FC II are provided courtesy of Ryan Meyer Photography. When browsing the gallery below for any given image, a high resolution version can be found by scrolling down and clicking “View Full Size.”

Talking Points

Danni Does It Again 

Danni König is making quite an impact for the Orange and Blue since arriving from OKC Energy on May 10th. He’s scored three goals in as many matches, and he’s provided the game winner in the past two. The Danish forward has been an inspired acquisition in the absence of Djiby Fall, who has one more match to serve on his six game suspension.

König scored his goal in the immediate aftermath of an injury. He suffered a cut over his left eye in a collision with Toronto’s Brandon Onkony. He raced back on the field after receiving treatment to get on the end of Tyler Polak’s curling cross.

Hard Fought Victory

Toronto FC II, despite their poor record, have turned in some solid defensive performances this season including five clean sheets. They limited FC Cincinnati to 7 total shots on Saturday and just a few clear chances outside of König’s goal.

Toronto FC II had opportunities to equalize and were unlucky not to score in the 63rd minute when Ryan Telfer’s one-on-one strike past a charging Mitch Hildebrandt hit the post. Tyler Polak also cleared a would-be equalizer off the line in the second half.

It wasn’t a dominant performance over the last place team in the Eastern Conference, but it was a win, a clean sheet, and represents three important points earned.

Tyler Polak Was Everywhere

FC Cincinnati’s left back had a stand-out performance in this match. He had 71 touches, more than any other FC Cincinnati player. He completed 42 passes with an impressive 90.5% passing accuracy. Polak also provided the assist for König’s goal and saved a would-be goal with his afore-mentioned clearance.

He was humble in his post-match comments when discussing his assist, redirecting the credit to his teammate Danni König.

“It felt good to get the confidence that came with that assist, but credit to Danni for him securing the goal. It’s about right positioning and right timing. It’s also important to have depth in the group and Danni was a great addition.”

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The win elevates FC Cincinnati to fourth place in the East on fifteen points, eight points behind conference leaders the Charleston Battery. The Orange and Blue have played eleven matches and are currently tied on points with both Louisville City FC and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

There’s a busy week ahead as the team will play two matches in two different competitions. They have a derby match on Wednesday against Louisville City FC in the US Open Cup. They’ll then face a challenging road trip to Rochester next Saturday in USL league play.

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Cheat Sheet: FC Cincinnati vs Toronto FC II

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

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FC Cincinnati continues its May home stand on Saturday when they face Toronto FC II at Nippert Stadium. TFC II currently sits in last place in the Eastern Conference on seven points. The Canadian club was in action midweek, playing to a goalless draw with the Richmond Kickers.

FC Cincinnati dropped one place in the Eastern Conference due to midweek USL action and lands in seventh. Next weekend’s opponent, the Rochester Rhinos, leapfrogged the Orange and Blue with a midweek win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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

  • Despite their poor record, Toronto FC II can be stout defensively. They have amassed five clean sheets over ten matches, including those against Rochester, Louisville City, Ottawa, Phoenix, and Richmond. Four of those five clean sheets have ended as 0-0 draws.
  • The Tampa Bay Rowdies are kryptonite for TFC II. Tampa has hung seven total goals on the Canadian club in two matches, and are largely responsible for TFC II’s conference worst goal difference of -9.
  • After not registering a shot in his first match, FC Cincinnati forward Danni König had seven shots last game, five of which were on target (71%), with two goals (29%). Keep shooting Danni.
  • Saturday’s match will be the first of three matches over eight days for FC Cincinnati. A US Open Cup showdown with Louisville City is up next on Wednesday, May 31st, followed by a road trip to Rochester. Watch this Saturday’s starting eleven to see if Koch elects to rotate any players with Toronto FC II being the weakest of the three opponents on paper.

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

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