RECAP: FCC 1 - SEA 4 | FCC's First Ever MLS Match

FC Cincinnati wrapped up its first ever match match in Major League Soccer against the Seattle Sounders.

This was the first ever FC Cincinnati starting XI. Corben Bone got the start, the only one from last years squad as well as the FCC's very first roster. Questionably Young DP Alan Cruz was missing from the 18 entirely. 


Seattle's stars were out with Raul Ruidiaz, Nicolas Lodeiro, and Jordan Morris all getting the start. This was Morris' first game back since missing all of last season due to injury.


FCC was under the gun early as Seattle was pressing high on them early. New goalkeeper Tyton held his own against the likes of Ruidiaz and Morris. FCC had little possession early on but managed to break free and a cross from Lamah into the box bounced off of Deplagne and Bertone came up on the second ball to rocket a volley straight back Seattle GK Stephen Frei for FCC's first ever MLS goal in the 13th minute.
Following the goal FCC seemed to have new life and confidence. They were holding the ball well and maintained possession for a solid 6-8 minutes. But all of that went away in the 27th minute when Seattle made an inside pass right by RB Alvas Powell. The ensuing cross was deflected by Tyton right into the feet of Kelvin Leerdam who tapped it into the open net.
That was generally the story of the rest of the night. FCC was wide open all night along the right side with Alexander and Powell often of out position and getting beat left and right repeatedly. A mere 6 minutes later the right side was exposed as Lodeiro made an inside pass to Morris who slotted the ball past Tyton. It appears the ball may have ricocheted off of Nick Hagglund's leg, but Morris was attributed the goal in the 33rd minute.

FCC hoped to sneak into halftime only down one goal, but after a long free kick FCC was outnumbered and decimated on the counter, with Rodriguez crossing the ball to a wide open Morris who left footed the ball pass Tyton in the 43rd minute.

FCC went into the locker room down 3-1. After a pretty solid first 20 minutes, the team was completely lost. The 2nd half was more of the same. FCC had close to zero chances, quickly losing any possession they had and often times launching downfield passes to no one. They did earn a free kick right outside the 18 yard box that Berton nearly scored on, but that was it for their 2nd half chances. FCC did make some changes bringing in Mattocks, Manneh, and Stanko, but it was too little too late and the team could not recover. The last 15 minutes was a shooting gallery for Seattle, and eventually in the 87th minute Ruidiaz added a 4th for the night.

FCC was lucky to walk away only giving up four goals. It was good to see Bertone add some life to the attack, but other than his goal and and his free kick, the attack was non-existent for the Orange and Blue. Adi had a handful of touches that didn't produce much, and the team rarely had enough possession to possibly build up any kind of attack.

What's more worrisome is thew abysmal defense shown. Seattle was walking all over the back line, and aside from some last ditch effort saves from Hagglund, Waston, and Tyton, the defense was barely existent either. Fans will certainly be wondering about Powell, who while wasn't to blame for all the mistakes tonight, was directly involved in giving up the first three goals. The team is facing injuries, and MLS Cup Champion left back Greg Garza was not in the 18 tonight, and surely his presence would have been welcomed.

FCC was tested hard in their first match, and while it was disappointing, it wasn't unexpected. FCC faces reigning MLS Champs Atlanta United in front of a sold out crowd of 70,000+ next weekend, who is even more dynamic and dangerous on the attack. We will see if Koch is able to make some adjustments to shore up both sides of the ball.

It might be easy to count the team out, but judgements should try to be tempered until we see the team put some work in at home in Nippert Stadium in front of it's home crowd. Playing away at Seattle and at Atlanta is going to be difficult for any MLS team, especially for a squad who hasn't played a single match together yet. The team will need some time to develop and figure this whole thing out.

As always, keep it locked here at Bailey Banter for FCC coverage all season long.