It's still early, but FCC's in danger of not making USL playoffs

While the Queen City gets hyped over the "Hell is Real" rivalry coming up on June 14, many fans do not realize that FC Cincinnati is not in good playoff form. Just like most other professional sports, about half of the teams in each conference make it to the playoffs.

Right now, FCC is in 8th place in the Eastern Conference. Yes, eighth would make it right now, but FCC is far ahead in games played than most teams. They have played 12 of their 30 matches and have scored 15 points in those matches.

The team that they play on June 10, Charlotte Independence, have only played seven games and have 11 points. The 1.57 points per game that Charlotte have achieved far outweighs FCC's 1.25 even though FCC is currently five spots above them.

Cincinnati, who ended with 56 points and the third spot last season, has their work cut out for them. While the game against the Crew will more than likely be sold out, these Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games could tire the team out and force them to struggle in USL matches.

So, yes, we did just have our four-game winning streak snapped, but remember that two of those were Cup games and won't mean anything in USL play. This team needs to get it together and can't drop games to teams like Rochester.

They desperately need to come together in order to gain three points against the Independence on Saturday.

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