Koch and club begin a stretch of road matches beginning with a rematch against Orlando City B. Here are 5 Things to Know going into Saturday night’s match as well as the new March to Matchday Podcast.
Where: Orlando, FL – Orlando City Stadium
When: Saturday, July 1st at 8:30 p.m. EST
Form: FC Cincinnati – 6th Place (5W-5L-5D, 20 pts.), Orlando City B – 9th Place ( 5W-6L-4D, 19 pts.)
March to Matchday: Orlando City B – Podcast
Join host Bryan Weigel @bryanweigel and co-hosts Ken Hoetker & Boston Brazzell, for the newest addition to Cincinnati Soccer Talk lineup. The guys recap FC Cincinnati’s win over the Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup as well as preview this weekends match vs. Orlando City B.
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5 Things to Know
Rematch : Saturday will be the second time these teams have faced off. The first competition came May 13th and Cincinnati fell 0-2 to OCB. The match was the first time the FCC supporters got to see newly acquired Danni König. Nine yellow cards were distributed and the lead official made this a match that most at Nippert Stadium want to erase from memory.
Djiby Dilemma: This past Wednesday night, before the historic Open Cup match, Djiby was spotted running laps and testing his fitness. It was then reported that there was some concern with an apparent ankle injury. Will we see the Club’s leading scorer make the trip to Orlando?
Rest and Rotation: Koch never ceases to amaze the supporters of Orange and Blue. The way he utilizes the entire roster to ensure that our club is not stretched too thin during this amazing Open Cup run. Koch’s decision to bring on Jimmy, Corben and Wiedeman late; with Kenney, Nico and Polak resting on Wednesday, the squad will be as close to full strength as you could imagine after taking down a dangerous MLS side, Chicago Fire in the USOC.
Box it up: Orlando City B is currently one point out of playoff contention, and three points out of fourth place. That is how close the Eastern Conference race is at the moment. The club has 95 shots (50 on target) resulting in 16 goals through 15 matches. All 16 of their goals have been scored inside the box with the majority coming from a right foot.
If FCC can continue their impressive play on the back line and shut down any opportunities near the box, good results will come.
Getting past Earl: Orlando City B goalkeeper, Earl Edwards Jr.’s 40 saves is currently third most in the USL. The club is giving up 1.1 goals per game and have 4 clean sheets on the season. Cincinnati was not able to score in their last meeting against the Orlando baby lions. Will Jimmy, Wiede and supporting cast be able to put a few in the back of the net?
Stay tuned to Cincinnati Soccer Talk for our Growler Cup Staff Predictions and more news and information leading up to the Orlando City B match!
The supporters groups will be taking up residence at their favorite away match viewing locations. See the list below for more information.
Die Innenstadt: Rhinehaus OTR – 19 E 12th St, Cincinnati 45202
The Pride: Ladder 19 – 2701 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45219
Queen City Firm: J Taps Sports Bar & Grill – 6441 Glenway Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45211
The Bailey Bastards: Bucketheads – 6507 Harrison Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45247
TV: This contest is set for a 8:30 p.m. EST kickoff on Saturday night. Broadcasting partner Sinclair Broadcasting Group will now air all FC Cincinnati home & away matches. Saturday’s match will be live on CW Cincinnati. The match will also be broadcast at FC Cincinnati’s pub partners or by Streaming internet on USL’s Youtube station.
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