History repeats itself: FC Cincinnati collapse in opening round
FC Cincinnati collapsed against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the first round of the playoffs. They ended up losing 3-0 after going into the half down two. History repeated itself twice on this depressing evening.
For starters, Alan Koch went with the exact same lineup that beat Toronto FC II 4-3 in their season finale. That said, those three goals surrendered sticks out like a sore thumb. It is obvious that Berry, Delbridge, Hoyte, and Polak did not have the proper chemistry. Polak had been injured in a handful of games this season, and the backline just seemed severely out of the tack the entire game. Both times the away side entered the half down 2-0.
The second way that history repeated itself is with the FCC postseason, first-round loss. In last season's playoffs, FCC went in as the No. 3 seed and with one of the most lethal scorers in the USL in Sean Okoli. In that game, they did manage to get on the scoreboard but ultimately fell to the Charleston Battery 2-1 in front of their home crowd at Nippert.
FCC only had a handful of on-target changes and entered the break without a shot on target while Tampa Bay put in two of their three shots on target. While FC Cincinnati might have actually played a most balanced and paced game, they struggled up top and then mightily in the back third.
The only area that FCC saw some success was in the midfield. Bone and Walker played a respectable game controlling the pace for much of the game. Understanding that, it might not be too crazy to think several FCC player played their last game in the Orange & Blue jerseys.