2016 Match Reports

FC Cincinnati 1 – Richmond Kickers 1: Player Ratings

FCC vs Richmond Player Ratings 2nd

FC Cincinnati drew the Richmond Kickers 1-1 at City Stadium in Richmond Saturday evening. Andrew Wiedeman netted the tying goal for the Orange and Blue off a beautiful free kick and was Cincinnati Soccer Talk’s Man of the Match. Check out our player ratings below and respond with any feedback in the comments section.

Starters: (4-1-4-1) Hildebrandt (GK); (R-L) Luke (45′), Berry (70′), Delbridge, Polak; Bone; Cummings (67′), Wiedeman, Stevenson (58′), McLaughlin; Okoli

Subs: Jaye (GK), Hoppenot (69′), Lee (71′), McMahon (46′), Nicholson, Tomaselli, Walker (59′)

Goals:
63′ – Richmond Kickers – Sunny Jane
80′ – FC Cincinnati – Andrew Wiedeman

Scale: 10-9 World Class Performance, 8 Great Match, 7 Good Match, 6 Average Match, 5 Poor Match, 4 Negative Impact, 3-0 Blunders Galore.

Starters Ratings:

Hildebrandt (GK) – 7.5: Mitch did well to get off his line to stop several Richmond counters. Would like to have done better on the punch that led to the Richmond goal, but made up for it on several other second half chances. Continues to impress. Also had my favorite moment of the match:

Luke (45′) – 6.5: Played the first 45 in the right back position for FC Cincinnati. Not sure why he was subbed off as he had several good crosses in the first half. Was beaten a time or two off the dribble but like the commentators, was surprised he was taken off.

Berry (70′) – 6: Was a slow getting back on the counter and looked to have picked up a knock on his right shin/knee. Did make some good defensive plays, but his stand out moment was in the 7′. The center back forced a turnover and then began a run forward. I like the immediate counter and hope we can see more of this later in the season. Did have a scary moment minutes later and he and Mitch were confused on a high ball in that Berry had to head out for a corner.

Delbridge – 6.5: Could have a higher rating here, but Delbridge’s passing was way off on Saturday. He was forced to make many long passes especially in the middle of the second half to have any linking play. Did make some good emergency stops especially in the 52′ to deny a chance.

Polak – 7.5: Played the ball well forward and was rarely beat on the dribble. Provided good opportunities in attack and could have had an assist in the 55′ if not for Cummings just over running the ball. Conceded a tough cross in the 11′, but Delbridge was there to clear. Maturing well in his time this season.

Bone – 8: Did well in his “defensive” midfielder position. Would make runs forward as well, but stayed deeper and was able to pick good passes forward. Held his ground well defensively forcing Richmond to have to play the ball out wide to generate more attacking chances. Is asked to do much in his role and he has filled it well.

Cummings (67′) – 5.5: Cummings found space and possession difficult on Saturday. Richmond played in a compact defensive shape forcing Cummings to adjust wide from his preference of drifting centrally. Cummings & McLaughlin switched sides several times in the match to confuse Richmond to no avail.

Wiedeman – 8 MOTM: Wiedeman featured all over the park on Saturday. He started centrally, but then moved out wide early in the second half when it seemed Cummings moved further up the pitch. His free kick was taken wonderfully off the left post. (Video Below) Wiedeman is still victim to finishing his chances better including a close header in the 2′ and a shot from about 10 yards away parried away by Richmond keeper Dykstra in the 19′.

Stevenson (58′) – 6: Was able to create when on the ball, but continued in his current problem of playing a little slow. Stevenson likes to survey the field ahead of him and pick out passes, but that time allowed the already compact Richmond to pounce.

McLaughlin – 6.5: Finished the match strong including drawing the foul that led to the Wiedeman free kick goal. Almost scored near the end line around the 84′ as well as drawing a good save from Dykstra in the 89′. McLaughlin seems to be more dangerous when dribbling at defenders and should do more of that moving forward. Was a workhorse on the defensive side as well.

Okoli – 6: Had a quiet night, but will be known more for earning his 5th yellow that will lead to his suspension in their next game vs. Rochester. Found it hard to get the ball, leading to Okoli moving deeper in the field to gain possession. Received a phenomenal cross from McLaughlin in the 37′ which should have been put on frame.

Subs:

McMahon (46′) – 6: Came on in the second half for Luke. Stayed home a little more, but did help connect some passes into the midfield. Did well to defend when Richmond came up his side, but was beaten several times. Not a bad match, just didn’t stick out as much.

Walker (59′) – 6.5: Glad to see Walker back on the field for FC Cincinnati. Was culpable on the goal as his mark drifted wide and was able to smash back a rebound.

Hoppenot (69′) – 7: Did very well building up possession to get FC Cincinnati back into the match. His passing and dribbling put the Richmond defense on their back foot leading to several chances in the last 10 minutes of the match.

Lee (71′) – 6.5: Nearly stopped Jane on the goal, but left his feet allowing the attacker to slot it in the back of the net. Was up to the challenge in the air and did well to maintain the draw.

Goal Replays:

63′ – Richmond Kickers – Sunny Jane

80′ – FC Cincinnati – Andrew Wiedeman

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