FC Cincinnati back on the road to face Queen City rival Charlotte Independence
When/Where- FC Cincinnati’s ninth match of the season will take place in Charlotte at 7 pm on Saturday, May 12. This is already the club’s sixth away match, and the club is unbeaten in those matches, with four wins and one draw.
How to watch-The game is available to watch on ESPN+ or on Star64.
The Rundown-FC Cincinnati return to the pitch today against the Charlotte Independence. They look to keep their hot streak going, winning their last four matches and going unbeaten in their last five since the 1-0 loss to Louisville City FC. The offense has also found their rhythm, scoring 10 goals in the last three games alone. The midfield has looked substantially better too, with Kenney Walker, Corben Bone and Emmanuel Ledesma shining in these games.
However, the defense has not looked as good as they did when the season started. They have allowed two goals in both of the last two matches, whereas they started off not allowing multiple goals in the first four matches.
The play of the center backs, Forrest Lasso and Dekel Keinan, has been good, but the outside defenders and midfielders have to play better. There have been too many times the defense have been left out to dry thanks to bad passes from the midfield and blown marks on set pieces.
This needs to change if they want to stay competitive in their matches against better teams.
Now, onto the team, the Orange and Blue will be facing today, the Charlotte Independence. They are 12th on the Eastern Conference table and have had three losses in their last five matches. In those three matches, they gave up two goals apiece, and in one of their draws, they also gave up two goals. FC Cincinnati will have great opportunities on the pitch today, and the defense will give them chances to score.
On the offensive side of the ball, they have some formidable goal scorers, specifically Jorge Herrera. Herrera is a midfielder but has made his money inside the box. Herrera has four goals this season, more than any single player on the FC Cincinnati squad, all of them have come inside the opposing team’s 18. Charlotte doesn’t have any goals on the season from outside the box, so FC Cincinnati don’t need to be as wary as other games, but they just need to make sure they mark while inside it.
Overall, this is an easily winnable game for the Orange and Blue, and one they need to win if they want to ensure they stay at the top of the table.
Prediction-2-0: FC Cincinnati will win this match handily, like the second half against Ottawa but this time for the whole match. The club has been able to the win the games against less-skilled clubs, and the same will happen here.