FC Cincinnati must rebound against Ottawa Fury FC
FC Cincinnati is on the brink of a complete collapse, and they must turn it around in this game against Ottaway Fury FC.
FCC's last win was August 2nd against Miami FC in the Open Cup, but in USL play, they haven't won in over a month. Their last USL win was against the Harrisburg City Islanders. In that home game, they won 3-0. In their two home USL games since, they drew one and lost the other. Over their last two USL games, FC Cincinnati has lost by a combined nine goals. Their defense has been subpar, to say the least. All that to say, FC Cincinnati must rebound.
Let's check in on the Ottawa Fury.
Ottawa currently sits at No. 11 on the Eastern Conference table. While FCC is not quite in the playoff pictures, sitting at No. 9, Ottawa is one of the team's on their heels. Ottawa is three points behind FCC and has played two games fewer. At 28 goals on the season, Ottawa Fury FC is in the middle of the pack in both that and goals conceded. Just like FCC, they can attack decently well and defend decently well. Being a nicely filled out team, FCC will have a challenge in front of another promising crowd.
FC Cincinnati must get three points. They don't have many home games left.
FCC has played 13 of their 24 games at home this season. They benefit from the largest average attendance by far in the entire USL. Their attendance is even impressive compared to MLS teams. That said, it is easy to understand why they can succeed at home, putting up a record of 6-2-5. They end on a four-game road trip, and they finish the schedule with five of their last six games on the road. With just a 2-7-2 road record, FCC must basically win all three of their remaining home games, especially since none of them are against top 5 Eastern Conference foes.
The bottom line is...
The Cup is finished. We lost. While it was an incredible journey, our team must recoup and find their identity within USL play. If they can't do that, their amazing fan base might not have a team to cheer for come this postseason.