FC Cincinnati play last home match against New York Red Bulls II

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When/Where- The match is at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio at 7 p.m. This is FC Cincinnati’s last home match in the 2017 season unless the team is able to secure a home playoff game, which is highly unlikely.

How to watch- You can go to the match. This match has already broken the record for attendance in a regular season USL game. If you can’t be there, you can also watch the match on local television Star 64, on the USL Youtube channel, or on FC Cincinnati’s website.

The Rundown

FC Cincinnati’s last home match is against a team that historically, they have never beat. New York Red Bulls II have had the club’s number, including a complete dismantlement of the team in a 4-0 victory in New York. FC Cincinnati will have to play better than they have in the last few matches to win this one.

The boys in orange and blue are seventh on the table in the Eastern Conference, with 36 points and a 9-9-9 record. Counting the match against FC Cincinnati, New York Red Bulls II have won three of their last four games and one draw against Ottawa. They have scored a total of 10 goals during that stretch, and FC Cincinnati will have to play excellent defense in this game to stop them. That will be the most crucial as FCC heads into a four-game away stretch.

Forwards Junior Flemings and Stephano Bonomo have 8 and 6 goals respectively and will need to be watched throughout the whole match. The last time the two teams played, Flemings scored two goals, so the defense knows what he is capable of doing.

FC Cincinnati has a formidable attacking squad of their own. He hasn’t been playing much as of late, but Djiby Fall still has 11 goals on the season, the most on the team. He has also been doing well on the attack even when not going for goal. Jimmy McLaughlin’s goal in the 95’ wouldn’t have happened without Djiby’s pass. McLaughlin has also been getting on the score sheet as of late, scoring against Ottawa and the point-saving goal against Harrisburg. McLaughlin’s five goals this season are third on the team behind Djiby and Konig, who has nine goals on the year.

However, New York Red Bulls II have just acquired Gideon Baah, a defender for New York Red Bulls proper, on a loan. Baah has been on the senior team for the majority of the 2017 MLS season, and the club feels he is ready for action, but not in the MLS. It will be interesting to see if he travels to Cincinnati. If Baah makes the trip, the FC Cincinnati attack is in trouble.

Show up for the match, and the team may just surprise us with what it can do.  


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