FC Cincinnati looks to stay hot against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds
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When/Where-The match takes place at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio at 4 p.m. Eastern. In the first match between the two clubs this season, FC Cincinnati won 1-0. Djiby scored the only goal in the match.
How to Watch-You can watch the match on local television Star 64, on the USL Youtube channel, or on FC Cincinnati’s website.
The Opposition’s Form-In the month of August, Pittsburgh was undefeated, winning their last three games and getting a draw as well. They have climbed up the bottom of the table thanks to their August and will look to continue that wonderful form in September.
Coming off FC Cincinnati’s first off week and recovery time since the start of the season, the boys in orange and blue try to continue their winning ways. FC Cincinnati didn’t look dominant in their win against Ottawa Fury FC, but they won 3-1. The goals were able to fall into the net for the club. This next game might be the same because the Pittsburgh Riverhounds are looking bare at goalkeeper.
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds two starting goalkeepers, Trey Mitchell and Keasel Broome, have both had season-ending surgeries. This leaves them open for an all-out Djiby assault.
This game has the makings to be a high-scoring affair as well, with Corey Hertzog playing forward. Hertzog has 10 goals on the season, 1 behind Djiby in USL play. FC Cincinnati also has to watch out for Chevaughn Walsh at the forward position, who has 5 goals this season. The Riverhounds have a formidable team on the offensive side of the pitch, much like the boys from Cincinnati.
FC Cincinnati has had almost two weeks of rest, and all of the players are healthy. Alan Koch will have the freedom to play whatever line-up he sees fit, which might be the first time we’ve had that in a while. Tyler Polak will probably return to the line-up again, thanks to his stellar performance in the Ottawa match. Polak’s injury looked to have healed well, and the two weeks of rest has definitely helped too.
This match is a battle of two teams fighting for the last couple playoff spots. Pittsburgh sits at ninth on the table, right outside the playoff picture, with 33 points. After getting 10 points in August, they have the potential to do very well in September, so FC Cincinnati has to capitalize on this opportunity. FC Cincinnati sits at eight on the table, with 34 points.
In their next seven matches, only two of the teams they play, three if we count Pittsburgh, are in the playoff picture. All the other matches are against bottom of the table teams. This match is important to show the boys can beat playoff clubs, but a draw will do fine in this match. I like our chances in this match, with Djiby, Konig and McLaughlin at the top. FC Cincinnati will win 3-1 for the second straight match.