Coming off of two of the worst league results in club history, the boys in Orange and Blue look to change the momentum in the opposite direction as the playoffs are approaching. Here are 5 Things to Know going into Wednesday’s match as well as the new March to Matchday Podcast!
Where: Cincinnati, OH – Nippert Stadium
When: Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:30 p.m. EST
Form: FC Cincinnati – T-8th Place (8W-9L-7D, 31 pts.), Ottawa Fury FC – 11th Place ( 7W-8L-7D, 28 pts.)
YOUR FAVORITE PEOPLE THIS WEEK – Ref Assignments:
REF: ERIC TATTERSALL, AR1: William Gaither III, AR2: Kyle Maust, 4TH: Noah Matos
March to Matchday:
Join host Bryan Weigel and guest Ryan Shannon of Ottawa’s Ours in the Fury Podcast (@OITFury) for the newest March to Matchday preview podcast. March to Matchday will provide an in-depth preview of the upcoming opponent as well as how FC Cincinnati can best defeat them. 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 March to Matchday!
Don’t forget you can now download and subscribe to Cincinnati Soccer Talk on iTunes today! The podcast can also be found on Stitcher Smart Radio now. We’re also available in the Google Play Store.
5 Things to Know
The Path of Fury: Wednesday night will make the fourth match in twelve days for Ottawa with the final three being road matches for the club. Coming into the fourth match, the Fury have outscored their opponents 7 goals to 2.
Striking Distance: FC Cincinnati, currently tied for 8th place with 31 points, is only 3 points in front of Ottawa who are in 11th place with 28 points. The race for playoff position is tight, and here’s the kicker, Ottawa has two games in hand. Cincinnati has played 24, Ottawa has played 22. If FCC wants to create some separation, this is a must-win match for the Queen City.
Long Range Threat: Of the 28 goals that Ottawa have scored this season, 6 of them have come from outside the box. Cincinnati has shown some times of weakness when closing down on attackers near the eighteen. It will crucial for FCC to stay disciplined on the defensive side and deny Ottawa any opportunities at all.
Kenney’s Return: Look for a refreshed and highly motivated Kenney Walker in the midfield returning from a one game suspension for yellow card accumulation. His presence is valuable on the defense and key to starting a potent counter attack. It’s not a surprise that he earned a match suspension, his defensive prowess and enforcer style of play is key to any hope of a Cincinnati clean sheet.
Recovery: After Wednesday’s match against the Fury, FC Cincinnati will have one match in an eighteen-day window. This stretch could not come at a better time. After an amazing run in the US Open Cup, it is apparent that the club could use some rest before making another run for some different hardware.
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. The Supporters March Should begin at approx. 6:30 p.m.
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 and how to join the supporters march, check out our matchday guide!
TV: This contest is set for an 7:30 p.m. EST kickoff on Wednesday night. The match will be broadcast live on WSTR STAR 64. The match will also be broadcast at FC Cincinnati’s pub partners or by Streaming internet on USL’s Youtube station. 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.
RADIO: ESPN 1530 AM
Tuesday Night’s Live Show – 8:00 p.m. – Special Guest Alan Koch
Join Host Nick Seuberling & Co-hosts Bryan Weigel, Bill Wolf and Boston Brazzell as they welcome FC Cincinnati Head Coach Alan Koch to the program. You can watch LIVE at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday on Facebook.com/CincinnatiSoccerTalk or at YouTube.com/CincinnatiSoccerTalk. If you can’t catch it live, download and subscribe to Cincinnati Soccer Talk on iTunes today! The podcast can also be found on Stitcher Smart Radio now. We’re also available in the Google Play Store.