Game Preview: Toronto FC II vs. FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati looks to win their fourth game out of five as they take on Toronto FC II, Wednesday June 27th at 7:00 PM. The match will take place at Allan A. Lamport Stadium, a venue that is also used for Canada's national rugby team. The weather forecast for the game has kickoff starting around 66 degrees, with rain and thunderstorms in the area.
How to Watch:
If you live in the Tri-State Area this match will be available on the CW, and will be available on ESPN+ as well for anyone not living in the Cincinnati area. For any international viewers, the match will still be available to stream on the USL's Youtube account.
Toronto FC II: (0-12-2), 2 Points, 16th in the Eastern Conference, -20 GD (YIKES!)
FC Cincinnati: (9-3-3), 30 Points, 1st in the Eastern Conference, +12 GD
Ayo Akinola: 3 Goals
Konig/Ledesma: Tied at 7 Goals
*Emmanuel Ledesma leads the USL in assists and is tied for fifth in goals, making himself an early threat for USL MVP
*Toronto FC II has yet to pick up points in a match in which they allowed a goal
FC Cincinnati leads the all-time series 4-0
Coming off of a 4-0 thrashing of the Richmond Kickers, FC Cincinnati looks to earn three points against another team that sits in the basement of the Eastern Conference. To say the least, it will be disappointing if FC Cincinnati doesn't come back to the Queen City earning 3 points against a side that is off to a historically bad start in USL play.
The squad hasn't played in a match since the victory against Richmond, which will be 10 days off between games, so the team should be well rested when traveling across the border into Canada. However, don't expect Alan Koch to necessarily put out his best starting 11 since the are playing against a weak Toronto FC II team and have another game against the Ottawa Fury on Saturday. Rather, I would expect Koch to save some of his veteran players for the home match on Saturday, while giving some younger guys an opportunity to shine on Wednesday.
Regardless of the lineup, I expect FC Cincinnati to come out as a lean, mean, scoring machine. Over the course of the four-game unbeaten streak, FCC has scored 10 goals and has scored at least 2 goals in every match. In addition, five different FC Cincinnati players have scored during the streak, showing that the club has plenty of players ready to rise up to the challenge. With the best offense in the USL facing the worst defense in the USL, don't expect this to change.
FC Cincinnati pushes their USL unbeaten streak to five games by winning 3-0. FC Cincinnati's leadership and discipline will allow them to not underestimate their opponent and will force the team to play in top form.