It is only fitting that FC Cincinnati will be wrapping up their home stand playing another club in the top 3 of the Eastern Conference table. Saturday the Orange and Blue take on their rival club Louisville City. This meeting will be the first since the two clubs made some major roster shake ups this offseason.
Where: Nippert Stadium, 2700 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45221
When: Saturday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. EST
Form: FC Cincinnati (2-2-1, 7 pts.) 5th place, Louisville City FC (3-0-1, 10 pts.) 1st place
Know your Enemy – Ref Assignments:
REF: MARK KADLECIKA, AR1: Maggie Short, AR2: Jeffrey Swartzel, 4TH: Aaron Mitchell
March to Matchday #6 vs Louisville City FC – Podcast
Join host Bryan Weigel @bryanweigel as he welcomes Special Guest Jordan Cooper (@blenderhd) from the Final Judgement Podcast, the official podcast of the Derby City Ultras (Louisville City FC) for the newest addition to Cincinnati Soccer Talk lineup.
March to Matchday will provide an in-depth preview of the upcoming opponent. This show will hopefully fit in your drive time to work, to the pub on game day or lead you right up to game time. We hope you enjoy!
5 Things to Know
History- Cincinnati faced the Sluggers three times in the 2016 season. The first matchup saw the Orange and Blue fall 2-3 at home. Cincinnati then picked up their mitts and headed south on 71 to see an eventual 0-0 draw. The third and final match of the Dirty River Derby was a 2-0 victory for the Knifey Soccer Lion Kings. The clubs made many player transactions so the first match up of 2017 will be interesting.
No take backs- Cincinnati and Louisville shared a heated rivalry and an interesting offseason. Kadeem Dacres and Aodhan Quinn traded in their purple for orange. And former Cincinnati striker, Luke Spencer packed up and moved 99 miles south to Louisville. The barrel makers claim to have won the player swap but we all know who we’d rather have lacing up for our club.
RED dead redemption- Going into Saturday’s match, Koch will be without his speedy winger Kadeem Dacres. Last match against Tampa Bay, Dacres was shown red after attempting to gain possession and cleating a Rowdies defender. He will not be able to go up against his former club until the trip to Slugger stadium July 15th.
Resilient state of mind- There is something noticeably different about this years squad. Resiliency! We saw this Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the dying minutes of the game. Down a man, Cincinnati survived attack after attack from the Rowdies. It was a team effort to prevent the loss. This discipline and determination is a combination of the mentality preached by Alan Koch and the leadership from the veteran players.
Dirty River Rival- What can we expect to see from Loisville? Look for LCFC to try and remain compact vs. FC Cincinnati. Their back four doesn’t have the biggest names, but they have only conceded twice in four matches. If the big-man Luke Spencer does get the start, don’t expect him necessarily to score. Coach O’Connor uses him as a hold up player. You will see the midfield try to spring a counter and launch a ball to Spencer. Luke will try to hold it up for enough time that more players can join in the attack. There is plenty of pace to worry about on this club as well, but after seeing FCC neutralize that threat on Wednesday, I’m not too worried.
Supporter Groups Pregame Match Parties
We encourage all fans to get down to Clifton early and enjoy themselves at the areas many restaurants and pubs. Many Supporter Groups hang out in the “Short Vine” area where you can join in the march to Nippert Stadium. Some of these locations can be rowdier than others, but families and opposing fans are encouraged to come out and join the various groups.
Die Innenstadt: Mecklenburg Gardens – 302 E University Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45219
The Pride: Ladder 19 – 2701 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Queen City Firm: Mio’s Pizzeria Pub – 2634 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Queen City Mafia: Short Vine Bearcat Statue Lot – 2700 Block of Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
The Legion: Taste of Belgium Clifton – 2845 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
The Bailey Bastards: Hang Over Easy – 3 W Charlton St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
For more information, check out our matchday guide!
TV: This contest is set for a 7 p.m. EST kickoff on Saturday night. Broadcasting partner Sinclair Broadcasting Group will now air all FC Cincinnati home & away matched. Saturday’s match will be live on TV-CW. The match will also be broadcast at FC Cincinnati’s pub partners or by Streaming internet on USL’s Youtube station.
RADIO: You can listen LIVE on FC Cincinnati’s radio partner 1360 AM which will simulcast the TV broadcast team. Tom Gelehrter will return as the play-by-play announcer for the team’s home matches along with Kevin McCloskey providing color analysis and Lindsay Patterson reporting from the sideline.