Having not played a match in the past nine days, the boys in Orange and Blue look forward to getting back into action against the Harrisburg City Islanders. Here are 5 Things to Know going into Tuesday night’s match!
Where: Harrisburg, PA – FNB Field
When: Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. EST
Form: FC Cincinnati – 8th Place (9W-9L-8D, 35 pts.), Harrisburg City Islanders FC – 13th Place ( 7W-14L-6D, 27 pts.)
5 Things to Know
Rematch: The last time these two clubs met, FCC scored three goals against the Islanders and conceded none. The clean sheet was the last Cincinnati has produced in nearly eight weeks of league play. Coming off some much-needed rest, the boys in Orange and Blue need to replicate the same defensive effort on the road to return back to the Queen City with 3 points.
Ground Game: Harrisburg has scored 22 goals in their 2017 campaign, 4 of them have come from headers. Keeping the Islanders out of our box, and off their right foot will play to Cincinnati’s advantage as the Islanders have scored 14 of their 22 goals off their right foot. Harrisburg has been scrappy in the box, so the back line and midfield will need to steer them wide.
Even Distribution: Harrisburg plays as a team and scores as a team. The club’s season leading scorer title is shared by three; Pedro Ribeiro, Ropapa Mensah and Paul Wilson with 3 goals a piece. Aaron Wheeler and Jake Bond close behind with two goals each. FC Cincinnati will not be able to focus on neutralizing one threat against this club as the production will come from unpredictable positions.
End of the Road: Tuesday is one of six match days before the end of the regular season. Only one of the final six are at home. This final stretch will be crucial for determining their postseason eligibility. What is the magic number of points the club needs out of the 18 available? Picking up three on the road could give the guys confidence going into Saturday’s HUGE match vs. New York and some needed breathing room.
Weather Concerns: As of September 10th, (10:00pm) there are no weather concerns for match night September 12th. The path of Hurricane Irma and any remnant storms are forecasted to be well southwest of Pennsylvania, near the border of Tennessee and Alabama.
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 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff on Tuesday 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.