FC Cincinnati got back to their winning ways last weekend when they knocked off FC Montreal 2-1 at Nippert Stadium. Now this week they’re welcoming another Canadian side to the Queen City as Toronto FC II makes their first trip south to Ohio.
TFC II last weekend knocked off the Rochester Rhinos 2-1 but followed that up midweek with a Canadian derby match with FC Montreal where they drew 1-1. A midweek game may mean some tired legs for TFC II. It’s time now for our staff to offer up their thoughts in our Staff Predictions!
The Young Red will be playing their third game in a span of 4 games in 11 days. Couple that with a long road trip, a young squad and a hostile Nippert, I am not convinced that there is much in TFC2’s favor. If FC Cincinnati can control possession, they should win this game easily. I am predicting a 3-0 blow out to the Orange & Blue. Lets get some momentum going into LouCity next weekend.
FC Cincinnati faces Toronto FC Deux in a rematch that began with a 2-1 victory to FC Cincy. Since that match FC Cincinnati has been trending up and quickly. They have carried an undefeated streak in USL play. Two-ronto has been heading in the exact opposite direction. They have collected only 8 of a possible 30 points since they’ve played FC Cincinnati. All of these factors say FCC is poised for certain victory, but the is one thing that worries me is that Toronto has speed. As the late, great, Eleanor Roosevelt once said “America is all about speed, hot, nasty speed” and those words speak to why I think FC Cincinnati will give up a goal. Never fear, the Cincinnati Soccer Ball Kicking Good Guys will still get the win by a score of 2-1.
FC Cincinnati needs to take all three points in this match before heading to Louisville next weekend. TFCII are undefeated in 3 but struggling this season and coming off a midweek draw to last place Montréal. The Orange & Blue will keep the momentum going with a comfortable 3-1 win.
What a last couple weeks of soccer! USMNT is in the Copa America Semi’s and FC Cincinnati is on an 8 game USL unbeaten streak. Hopefully last week’s showing by Sean Okoli signals that the striker is rounding into form. 3 points will be needed Saturday as the club’s schedule turns decidedly harder with upcoming matches against Louisville (2x), St. Louis, and Rochester. The club expects another huge crowd and add in the heat we are supposed to get I think things could be ripe for a blowout. My prediction is a 2-0 win by the Orange & Blue.
FC Cincinnati is building a fortress at home at Nippert Stadium. They’ve only dropped 9 out of a possible 21 points at home this year. Teams are finding it difficult to cope with the narrow pitch and the loud atmosphere. Saturday night will be no different. I’d like to see them keep a clean sheet, but they’ve given up goals very late in the last two home matches. FC Cincinnati’s going to win 2-1.
This looks like a good chance to add 3 points to the FCC tally. With more games played than any other team in the Eastern Conference, Toronto sits third from the bottom of the table and they have the worst goals against total. Their goal differential is as bad as our is good (-7 v +7). In a 2 week span, they have 5 games to play and their trip to Nippert is game 3. They played Montreal 3 days ago and they know they have to play LCFC 3 days later. They will be without starter Bubacarr Jobe who received a red card in their previous match. Given the home field advantage and 4 extra days of rest, the boys in Orange and Blue should manage this game easily. Concerns about late goals are going to evaporate when we earn another clean sheet this week and defeat Toronto 2-0.