FC Cincinnati defeated Toronto FC II 2-1 at Ontario Soccer Centre in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada on Sunday afternoon. An 84th minute goal by substitute forward and former University of Cincinnati star Omar Cummings sealed the victory.
FC Cincinnati set up in a 4-3-3 formation and started the same eleven players for the fifth match this season.
Goalkeeper: Mitch Hildebrandt
Defense: Pat McMahon, Harrison Delbridge, Austin Berry, Tyler Polak
Midfield: Ross Tomaselli, Kenney Walker, Corben Bone
Front 3: Andrew Wiedeman, Sean Okoli, Jimmy McLaughlin
Toronto FC II countered with a like-minded 4-3-3 formation. There were 4 loans from Toronto FC (MLS) to Toronto FC II prior to the match. Three of the four players loaned to TFC II went straight into the starting line-up. Cincinnati native Nick Hagglund, also a player on loan from Toronto FC (MLS) to TFC II, started at center back.
After an uneventful first 45 minutes, Toronto FC II took the lead in stoppage time through forward Raheem Edwards. Toronto midfielder Chris Mannella played a ball deep from midfield to Edwards in his customary left wing position. Edwards took it off his chest and used his pace and split McMahon and Delbridge to get through on goal. Hildebrandt was slow to close down the opportunity and Edwards slotted the ball past the keeper’s right foot to give Toronto FC II the lead.
FC Cincinnati equalized in the 60th minute after dominating the early portion of the second half. Polak and McLaughlin built the attack from FC Cincinnati’s left. McLaughlin found substitute Antoine Hoppenot in space on FC Cincinnati’s left who crossed it into the box for Andrew Wiedeman. Wiedeman controlled well from his chest and slammed the ball into goal from close range.
FC Cincinnati took the lead in the 84th minute in a move that featured two substitutes. Derek Luke found space deep on Toronto FC’s right and crossed the ball low for Omar Cummings who had entered the game only a few minutes earlier. Cummings mis-kicked but chested the ball into goal from close range, in an inelegant but effective finish. The goal followed just seconds after a double save by FC Cincinnati GK Mitch Hildebrandt where Toronto FC II should have taken the lead.
FC Cincinnati held on for the win and improves to 3-2-0 after five games. Look for more insights, analysis and photos to come in our full match report.
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