Koch and club look to USL action after their amazing US Open Cup run drew to an end. FC Cincinnati will travel to the northeast to face a familiar club in the USL-version of the Red Bulls, NYRBII. Here are 5 Things to Know going into Saturday match as well as the new March to Matchday Podcast.
Where: Montclair, NJ – MSU Soccer Park
When: Saturday, August 19th at 4:00 p.m. EST
Form: FC Cincinnati – T-7th Place (8W-8L-7D, 31 pts.), New York Red Bulls II – 9th Place ( 8W-11L-4D, 24 pts.)
YOUR FAVORITE PEOPLE THIS WEEK – Ref Assignments:
REF: KEVIN BROADLEY, AR1: Justen Lopez, AR2: Brian DiPaolo. 4TH: Szczepan Dziewa
March to Matchday:
Join host Bryan Weigel for the newest show in the CST 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 today!
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5 Things to Know
Seeing Double: Saturday’s match will be the first, and quite possibly the only time FCC will compete against a club and its developmental side in back to back matches. During the Orange and Blue’s historic Open Cup run, they faced parent MLS club New York Red Bulls in Cincinnati on Tuesday before traveling to MSU Soccer Park to face New York Red Bulls II in USL Regular Season play on Saturday. Let’s hope Koch’s side can pick up a point in the revenge match.
Final Nine: Unbelievably, the upcoming match against the Baby Bulls will be the first of nine matches to wrap up the 2017 regular season. It feels like yesterday that we were all crammed into Mad Tree watching the IMG preseason friendlies. Will Cincinnati be able to end the season on a winning streak to cement their place in the 2017 postseason?
No VAR in NY: The last time (08/28/16) the Orange and Blue made the trip to New York, it was a match many wanted to forget. VAR (Video Assistant Referee) was being tested and so was the patience of the Cincinnati supporters. Starting keeper Mitch Hildebrandt was shown a red card for a foul following a missed offsides call. Midfielder Eric Stevenson would have to make way for Dallas Jaye who would concede the ensuing penalty. The Blurange would leave Red Bull Arena with a loss and bad memories. Good or Bad, no VAR will be used in Saturday’s match.
Card Conundrum: Midfield enforcer, Kenney Walker will not be lacing up for Saturday’s match due to yellow card accumulation. His impressive distribution, field vision, and defensive presence will be missed. On top of that, new man, CB Sem de Wit will be out due to a red card in last week’s match in Louisville. The center back will have to play cautiously as he is also one caution away from an additional match suspension.
Djiby’s turn for the Bull : Tuesday’s match against MLS side New York Red Bulls was a special match that ended a magical run in the US Open Cup. Unfortunately, cup magician, Djiby was suspended from Cup play due to yellow card accumulation. After the match, it was very apparent how much passion and fervor Djiby had for Cincinnati. Look for the club’s leading scorer to funnel that energy into Saturday afternoon’s feud with New York Red Bulls II.
Stay tuned to Cincinnati Soccer Talk for our Growler Cup Staff Predictions and more news and information leading up to the New York Red Bulls II 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 4:00 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 Star 64. 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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