Game Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Cincinnati


When/Where:

FC Cincinnati looks to get back to their winning ways as they take on Ottawa Fury FC, an affiliate club of the MLS' Montreal Impact, Saturday April 28th at 2 PM. The game will take place at TD Place Stadium, where it is expected to be a balmy 56 degrees at kickoff (not too bad for Canada in April, eh).

How to Watch:

Just in case you don't have your passports ready, the game will be broadcast on Star 64 for all residents in the Queen City, and can also be viewed on ESPN+.

The Rundown:

Ottawa Fury FC- (0-1-3) 1 point, 16th in the Eastern Conference, minus 9 Goal Differential
FC Cincinnati- (2-2-1) 8 points, 6th in the Eastern Conference, plus 1 Goal Differential

Goal Leaders:
Ottawa Fury FC: 2 Tied at 1 Goal
FC Cincinnati: 5 Tied at 1 Goal

All-time Series is tied 1-1.

After starting the season with two wins on the road, the boys in Orange and Blue have not recorded a victory in their last three matches. It is important that the club takes advantage of this opportunity and gets three points against a team that has not won a game this season. Last season FC Cincinnati beat Ottawa 3-1 at Nippert but then proceeded to get blown out 4-0 on the road.

Ottawa has had a horrific start to the season, only scoring 2 goals in 4 games played, while allowing 11 goals (2.75 goals per game). If there was ever a time for FCC to build some offensive confidence, this would be the time to do so.

After scoring 2 goals in a game (2!), I wonder if Alan Koch found a line-up that he would like to somewhat use going forward. A fully healthy Kenney Walker should be back in the starting 11 after coming on as a sub and scoring late against Pittsburgh. Danni Konig will also most likely remain in the starting 11 after scoring a goal against Pittsburgh before being subbed off in the 79th minute.

No matter the lineup used it is important that FC Cincinnati comes out with an attack-first mentality. In the past 3 matches, we have seen the team come out with little energy, causing them to allow an early goal and forcing them to claw their way back into each of the last three games.

If FC Cincinnati comes out of the gate looking for an early goal (FCC is 2-0-0 when scoring first), it will go a long way in helping them break this winless streak. Look for this attack-first mentality to be reflected in any changes that Koch makes to the starting lineup after saying that he threw out their entire gameplan after the first half of the match against Pittsburgh.

Prediction:

FC Cincinnati breaks the winless streak in style 3-0. Danni Konig gets the early goal that the team needs, followed by a Forrest Lasso header off a corner kick, and a Jimmy McLaughlin goal. The defensive has their best game of the season, allowing goalkeeper Evan Newton to get his third clean sheet of the campaign.

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