Slippery conditions get the best of FC Cincinnati as they lose 2-0 to the Philadelphia Union


In front of 25,000-plus fans, FC Cincinnati dropped its first home game.

Both coming off an impressive victory in their last outing, FC Cincinnati and the Philadelphia Union met under less-than-ideal conditions. With rain for all 90 minutes, the Union came away with three points, defeating the Orange & Blue 2-0 at Nippert Stadium.

This is FC Cincinnati's first home loss in their short MLS history, and after a struggling first half, the writing was on the wall for the Orange & Blue. They were down six shots and eight corners as they entered the locker room following the first 45. Although, at the half, the score was still even at 0-0.

The next 45 is where the wheels really came loose. Just under two minutes into the second half, FC Cincinnati finally fell victim to the lethal Union attack. 

Here's a replay of their impressive first goal. This was Fabian's second of the season.
In the wet, FC Cincinnati just couldn't get anything going. After a string of corners following the Union's second goal in the 57th minute, FCC completely collapsed offensively to end the game, finishing the match with just four shots, three less than the Union's Marco Fabian had alone.

FC Cincinnati totaled under 400 passes while the Union eclipsed 520, a major reflection of how the game went for FCC. FCC dropped to 2-1-2 and are tied for fifth in the East after their loss to Philly.

This will be a game quickly forgotten by the Orange & Blue's loyal supporters. Even Alan Koch will likely admit this game isn't a true reflection of FCC's technical expertise. However, there is absolutely no way this loss should be deemed as a complete failure though.

Positive takeaways 

1) Frankie Amaya got to see his first MLS minutes. Making his debut in the 77th minute, Amaya never got much going, but seeing him on the pitch was certainly a thrilling sight for fans.

2) Although a win would've set an expansion team record for points through five games, FC Cincinnati's loss did tie them for the sixth-best expansion start since the league began accepting teams back in 1998.

That's all we got.

Check back in for quotes and more from FCC's first home loss of the season.


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