FC Cincinnati sits atop the East after demolishing Atlanta United 2 4-2
FC Cincinnati is on top of the Eastern Conference!As uncharacteristic as it may sound, FC Cincinnati has struggled more at home this season than they have on the road. That's one reason a phenomenal 4-2 victory over a young Atlanta United 2 team felt so good. This was the club's first home league victory of 2018.
That and the fact that FCC continued their scoring frenzy. FCC has scored three or more goals in their last three games. This is the first time in club history they've rattled off three or more goals in three consecutive games.
If those two reasons weren't enough, due to Lousiville City's loss to Indy Eleven, FC Cincinnati is now the sole leader of the Eastern Conference for the FIRST time in club history. Tonight was a fantastic night to be an FCC fan.
Man of the Match Emmanuel Ledesma pocketed two goals as FCC shredded United's defense for three first-half goals. The first goal of the game was actually scored by Danni Konig. Konig received the pass from Ledesma on a pass which he could've easily shot and scored. His unselfishness came around 10 fold with FCC's next goal just two minutes later.
Here's a clip of all three game-changing goals.
📹 Goals, goals and more goals in the match highlights from tonight's third straight #FCCincy win!#JoinTheMarch | #CINvATL pic.twitter.com/FZTqmxcEkx— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) May 6, 2018
Then, it was Jon Gallagher who nailed a shot passed FCC's starting goalie Spencer Richey. Richey, who got the start, has not been the dynamic force between the posts that Evan Newton has been for the Orange and Blue. Following a 3-1 lead, FCC conceded another goal to Laurent Kissiedou, going into halftime with a 3-2 lead.
After the half, it seemed FC Cincinnati really turned it on defensively. Koch must've had the magic words during halftime because FCC, albeit leading at the half, came out aggressive and forced the issue in the second half.
In front of over 22,500 fans, FCC did not disappoint.
FC Cincinnati really has figured out a lineup that has thrived offensively. They create a pass-first midfield with Kenney Walker and Corben Bone, two of the team's most veteran players. Then, they lace the wingers with speed, Emmanuel Ledesma, and Jimmy McLaughlin. Danni Konig got the nod as the striker, but both Konig and Welshman possess big-play qualities.
Koch has done a fantastic job with this team. They're hitting their stride and the best may be yet to come.