FC Cincinnati continues its road trip on Saturday night when they take on Saint Louis FC in Missouri. The Cincinnati Soccer Talk staff has made their predictions. Who do you think will win?
Sucks seeing the orange and blue lose a match. Thankfully it’s not something we’ve experienced much so far this season. FCC gets back to winning ways and comes home 2-1 winners over Saint Louis FC.
It finally had to end and the Rochester match seemed like the probable place where unbeaten run would stop. Unfortunately St. Louis might not be the best city you want to head to after a loss. Saint Louis, our only regular season Western Conference foe, is on an impressive 7 game unbeaten run at home this season. I previewed Irvin Herrera in our pre-season predictions saying he would be the player to watch for STLFC. Herrera, who has appeared 10 times for El Salvador, has lived up to expectations and is 4th in the league with 9 goals thrusting him into contention for league MVP honors. Not to be outdone, 10 other players have contributed goals for STLFC this season. I think we have 2 evenly matched teams and think the result will show with a 1-1 draw before the big match against Crystal Palace next weekend.
FC Cincinnati will head out to St. Louis to meet Saint Louis FC in an inter-conference matchup. Irvin Herrera is a one hell of a goal scorer and it will be interesting to see how John Harkes uses the three main center backs at his disposal. With Austin Berry returning in the previous match, it’s unclear to see if Berry is fit enough to play the entire match. How much time will Omar Cummings see? The boys in blorange have benefited from the offensive jump start he has provided as a substitute. Though it may be a struggle, the FC Cincinnati Soccer Ball Kicking Good Guys will manage to find the back of the net as well shutdown the Saint Louis FC offense. A 1-0 victory will be brought back to Cincinnati.
Saint Louis FC knows how to score goals (25), but they also give up their fair share (20). Sean Okoli did have a good match on Wednesday and I look for him to find space behind the STLFC back four to grab his second goal for the week. I am predicting a 2-2 draw on the road. FCC can certainly come away with three points here, as Saint Louis FC struggled to tie Seattle midweek.
Like FCC, Saint Louis FC had a midweek game so both teams will have tired legs. SLFC have the advantage of playing both their games at home where our boys in Orange and Blue had to fly to both locations. Despite that disadvantage, I don’t see us giving up points this game. Herrera is a player to respect for sure, but he scored 6 of his 9 goals in 2 games where the opposing teams crumbled and gave up a combined 12 goals to Saint Louis. Most of their games are low scoring affairs. In their last 5 games, they played 5 of the bottom 6 teams in the Western Conference. They earned 2-2-1 for their efforts. That’s not a solid showing against what should be weaker opponents. FCC is going to want to put Rochester behind them and the defense is going to be tight after giving up two goals. I predict we’ll manage to get one past the SLFC defense and earn 3 points with a 1-0 victory.
FC Cincinnati needs points from this match before they head home for Crystal Palace and 3 big home games against the top teams in the East. It won’t be easy given the short turnaround and the travel, but I’m predicting a 2-1 victory for the Orange and Blue, with Austin Berry having a second half impact off the bench.
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