Heading into match 2 of the 2017 season, the boys in orange and blue will be looking to make supporters forget their disappointing start to the year. Cincinnati will be travelling to the rival city of Pittsburgh to face the Riverhounds. Coming off of a loss to the Battery, Cincinnati will look to slow down Pittsburgh who come off of a scoring fest draw against the Redbulls (3-3)
Where: Highmark Stadium; Pittsburgh, PA
When: Saturday, April 1st at 5:00 p.m. EST
Form: FC Cincinnati (0-0-1), Pittsburgh Riverhounds FC (o-1-0)
Know your Enemy – Ref Assignments:
REF: GUIDO GONZALEZ JR, AR1: Cory Richardson, AR2: Brandon Smith, 4TH: Maxwell Hartman
March to Matchday #2 – Podcast
Join host Bryan Weigel for the newest addition to Cincinnati Soccer Talk lineup. 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 #2!
5 Things to Know
Battle History- FC Cincinnati faced off against the Riverhounds twice in the 2016 campaign. Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh 1-0 at Nippert Stadium, and drew with the Riverhounds at Highmark 0-0. FC Cincinnati will return to the riverside pitch in Pittsburgh looking for more than a draw this time around.
Match 1 Mixup- Look for Coach Koch to mix up the lineup from the squad we saw in match 1. The attack in Charleston heavily favored the right side of the pitch. It would not be surprising to see Victor Mansaray get the start. Vic could add another dimension to the attack on the left. And could this be the match that we finally see a 4-4-2? Pairing another striker with Djiby could free up some space to allow him more scoring opportunities. But this formation could leave too many gaps in the defense.
Fortify the Back Line- Cincinnati had some impressive defensive stops against the Battery last week. As the match progressed Berry and Delbridge seemed to be gassed and a step slower, which is to be expected as players work towards ninety minute fitness. But look for Koch to use his new assets in recent signings Temguia and Hoyte.
Match of Possession- FC Cincinnati maintained 59% of possession last week while Pittsburgh maintained 49% in their season opening match. While not a disappointing percentage for Cincinnati, look for them to improve on this and their 345 successful passes to open up more scoring chances.
Whistle Blower- Guido Gonzalez, Saturday’s match official, is going to be getting some use out of his whistle. Last week Pittsburgh committed ten fouls, and Cincinnati conceded thirteen. While not an overwhelming number of fouls, this match is guaranteed to be physical. It is also important to note that both clubs conceded a goal off of a penalty kick. Props to Mitch on blocking the first attempt, the rebound just took an unlucky bounce. Look for Cincinnati to improve on their discipline and prevent gifts to the opponent by not conceding fouls leading to advantageous set pieces and penalty kicks.
Match Watch Parties
The supporters groups will be taking up residence at their favorite match viewing locations. See the list below for more information.
Die Innenstadt: Rhinehaus – 119 E 12th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
The Pride: Ladder 19 – 2701 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
The Bailey Bastards: Bucket Heads – 6507 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45247
TV: Local TV STAR 64 and Youtube