Matchday #9 FC Cincinnati vs. Orlando City B
Nippert Stadium – Attendance: 19,310
Pierre Da Silva slotted home a penalty and Richie Laryea finished a near post chance to give OCB a 2-0 win over FC Cincinnati. The match featured 9 yellow cards (6 to FC Cincinnati) and 36 fouls in what was a chippy and physical affair.
In the first half, FC Cincinnati absorbed the pressure from a loaded Orlando City B squad that featured 7 MLS loanees. The speedy play and pressure led to Orlando holding 57% possession and an overall shots advantage of 4-2. Midfielders Jimmy McLaughlin and Corben Bone seemed to be the two bright lights in the first half, each creating several chances.
FCC’s best opportunity came in the 5th minutes on a scrum off a corner. Jimmy McLaughlin would slot home a chance, but the ball to him deflected off FCC Forward Danni König who was in an offsides position. OCB nearly got on the board in the 45′ off a great individual effort from midfielder Austin Martz whose shot missed just high.
FC Cincinnati showed resiliency in the 2nd half coming out strong and dictating much of play. Midfielder Aodhan Quinn nearly got the hosts ahead in the 57′ after the ball deflected to him and he pulled his shot wide. FCC would regain the majority of play leading possession 54% to 46%, but couldn’t connect on any of their 7 shots.
The added pressure from FC Cincinnati came at a cost. Orlando utilized their speed on the counter and put FC Cincinnati in a bad numbers position on several opportunities. Orlando opened the scoring in the 75′ as Da Silva beat Hildebrandt on the penalty. The chance was conceded by Kadeem Dacres who clipped an OCB attacker in the box. That foul was surprisingly one of the few calls the ref got correct all night.
Orlando would score their second in the 90’+1 as Richie Laryea was able to get a counter going on the right-hand side. Right-back Matt Bahner dropped deep and allowed Laryea to stay onside after a pass from Michael Cox. Laryea beat Hildebrant on the right post, which capped of an immensely disappointing night for those in Nippert Stadium.
FC Cincinnati Starting XI (4-3-3): Hildebrandt (GK); (R-L) Bahner, Berry, Delbridge, Polak (79′); Quinn, Bone, Fordyce (73′); Dacres, König, McLaughlin
Subs: Jaye (GK), Cummings, Wiedeman (73’+), Dominguez, Mansaray (79’+), McMahon, Nicholson
Orlando City B Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Edwards Jr. (GK); Ellis-Hayden, Hines (76′), Donovan (76′), Ramos; Rocha, Neal; Martz, Laryea, Da Silva; Dikwa (83′)
Subs: Fenlason (GK), Youmeni (76’+), Carroll (76’+), Thomsen, Schweitzer, Deakin, Cox (83’+)
75′ – Orlando City B – Da Silva, (PK)
90’+1 – Orlando City B – Laryea, (Cox)
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The Fouls: It’s tough to watch this match and not be disgusted. Head Coach Alan Koch was not able to speak in depth on the officiating, but did comment that “it irks the crap out of me” and that the ref’s yellows were “handed out inconsistently.” The issue I had with several of these fouls, is that even slight professional fouls were given as yellows. Nothing was worse than Jimmy McLaughlin III’s card where he was dribbling, was tackled by an OCB player and given a yellow. Were several yellows accurate, sure? But this game was the worst officiated match I have seen.
Danni König: The newcomer didn’t put in a bad shift for his first appearance. His passing while not always accurate, did lead to 4 scoring chances for FC Cincinnati. I don’t believe that he will be the physical presence like Djiby, but I did like his positioning, hustle and tracking back on defense. I would like to see him get a look again next week as the squad will look to finally defeat Bethlehem Steel FC.
McLaughlin & Bone: This duo to me were the two best players on the field. Anything that came for FC Cincinnati started with one of these two. The ground that they cover and amount of pressure they apply on both ends of the pitch was wonderful. One would like to ask where was this from Fordyce or Dacres on the right? These two look to be familiar with one another and that could be a good thing for Coach Koch in the future. If looking at that pair, could we potentially look at bringing back several aspects of 2016 that were successful, such as Wiedeman on the right? Will be interested if Koch looks to shake up the squad for another match, or run out this same 11.
Wednesday 5/17 – vs. AFC Cleveland (Lamar Hunt US Open Cup) – 7 p.m. EST – Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH.