FC Cincinnati was without 5 players that would have been in contention to start, and Pat Noonan elected to begin in a 3-5-2 formation. Brandon Vazquez opened the scoring in the 13’ when Lucho Acosta slipped him through on goal. The Lions clawed back to even through Junior Urso’s header in the 42’. Then, Vazquez netted the Brace after Dom Badji posterized Ruan before whipping in a cross that the big center forward headed home. After facing an onslaught from the home side, the Orange and Blue escaped with the 2-1 win giving them 3 points on the season and moving them into 10th place in the Eastern Conference
Check out Cincinnati Soccer Talk’s post match report here for more details.
- Each player starts off with a 6 as a standard rating. Six signifies an “average performance” for the match.
- Players will receive additions or subtractions to their score based on individual moments and the overall team performance.
- We’ll look at multiple criteria such as statistics and the Audi Player Index (API), Who Scored, and FB Ref to assess a player’s rating.
- We won’t use .5 increments, because that is weak-sauce.
- We will not be afraid to give players a perfect 10 if they deserve it, but will never give a rating of 0, because there is always some sort of positive.
- A player may receive an N/A if they are subbed in/off before any quantifiable statistics are available.
Expected Goals (xG): FC Cincinnati – 1, Orlando City – 1.4, per mlssoccer.com
Now onto the ratings:
GK – Alec Kann – 9 (Man of the Match)
Kann put in a heroic performance, making 5 saves while only allowing 1 goal with a post-shot xG of 2.2. His save on Ercan Kara’s diving header in the 22′ to keep the score 1-0 was nothing short of spectacular. He doesn’t post a perfect 10 due to a few shaky moments trying to deal with crosses as well as a few occasions where he failed to come out for a through ball that he could have collected easily.
RWB – Alvas Powell – 6
Powell tied for 2nd on the team with 8 combined tackles and interceptions and led the team with 10 ball recoveries. He performed admirably considering that he was left on an island on the right side on several occasions. Add in that his cross-field pass to Lucho Acosta helped open things up for Brandon Vazquez’s opening goal and the Jamaican had himself a nice performance. However, his 46.7% passing was borderline atrocious, and he was only able to get forward for 2 crosses, neither of which found a target.
CB – Nick Hagglund – 5
The Cincinnati native was unable to follow up his impressive performance against DC United with another good outing. He was a terrible 33% on only 3 of 9 passing and committed two fouls in dangerous areas. He did win 2 of 3 aerial duels, however, and was able to contribute 3 blocked crosses and a blocked shot.
CB – Geoff Cameron – 7
The low defensive block that FCC set up in suited the veteran American. He led the team with 10 combined tackles and interceptions and 8 clearances. He also blocked 3 crosses and 2 shots, won 100% of his aerial duels, and a respectable 50% of his ground duels. His 56% passing was low, but he completed 4 long passes to help relieve pressure.
CB – Tyler Blackett – 5
Blackett had a forgettable outing, being asked to play half of it as a left back. He had a meager 2 combined tackles and interceptions, and only completed 69.2% of his passes. He did contribute with 7 ball recoveries but was largely anonymous for this match.
LWB – Ian Murphy – 3
Rookie Ian Murphy will be watching game film this week with a grimace. On the ball he was fine, posting one of the higher completion percentages at 81.3%. Only 2 of his 16 passes were progressive, however. Defensively it was another story, as he was asked to play out of position at left wing back. Ruan looked to exploit his speed advantage on numerous occasions, dribbling him once and getting behind him a few times as well. He only won 1/3 of his duels and was only able to contribute 2 combined tackles and interceptions. He got the hook at half time.
DCM – Junior Moreno – 6
Junior Moreno put in a solid if unspectacular, performance. His 76.5% passing was one of the higher marks on the team. He also contributed with 4 combined tackles and interceptions and won 60% of his duels. Add in a successful dribble and 2 shot creating actions and you have the makings of an outing you can be proud of with room for improvement.
CM – Yuya Kubo – 7
Yuya’s contribution was lower than what he typically posts. His high standard makes his 5 progressive carries and 6 progressive passes an average outing. However, his 4 shot creating actions trailed only Lucho Acosta, and he was credited for a goal creating action to boot. His 8 combined tackles and interceptions and 24 pressures were also among the team leaders.
CAM – Luciano Acosta – 8
Lucho’s WhoScored rating trailed only Brandon Vazquez’s. His assist on Vazquez’s 1st goal was an excellent slipped pass, and his 69.4% passing was respectable if a bit below his 2021 per 90 average. He also won 1/3 of his duels (not bad for an attacking player), added 2 interceptions and 17 pressures.
ST – Brandon Vazquez – 8
It is quite harsh to give a player that scored a brace only an 8. However, outside of his goals, he was only 55.6% passing and his hold-up play was shaky at times, posting a team-worst 45.8% passes received. Despite all this, he led the team with 6 shots, was fouled 5 times, and even though he missed a golden opportunity for a hat-trick by pulling his shot wide when he had an open net to aim for his 2 goals surpasses his 1.3 xG.
ST – Dom Badji – 7
Dom Badji led the team in unsuccessful touches at 4. His hold-up play was virtually non-existent, as he received only 65.4% of his targets. However, he willed the 2nd goal into existence with a powerful run and excellent cross and his movement was also key in the 1st. His 84.2% passing was good, and he also contributed 24 pressures and won 2 tackles. His rating could have been much higher, but outside of his assist he somewhat disappeared in the 2nd half when asked to play on the wing.
Isaac Atanga (Halftime) – 4
Atanga came on for Ian Murphy, playing right wing and changing the shape to a 4-2-3-1. He worked hard for a bit, but his fitness wained and he failed to contribute meaningfully over the last 1/4 hour. He only posted 50% passing and a mere 7 pressures. He also didn’t help keep the ball, receiving only 61.5% of the passes sent his way. However, his excellent key pass to Vazquez set up an opportunity to put the game out of reach.
Zico Bailey (77th Minute) – 3
Subbing on for Powell in the 77th minute, Zico didn’t have a lot of time to make an impact, and Atanga’s tiring legs in front of him on the wing didn’t help his cause. However, he misread one through ball badly allowing a runner in behind that led to a corner, and he cleared another pass out for a needless corner that led to an Orlando City opportunity. He was only credited with 1 touch in his 14 minutes of play.
Calvin Harris (81st Minute) – 5
Making the 18 man squad for the first time this season, Harris didn’t make much of a case for his continued inclusion. He came on for Dom Badji in the 81st minute. He was active with 5 touches and 3 carries in his 10 game minutes, and also took care of the ball completing 100% of his passes. His 5 pressures were a good amount for his limited minutes. However, brought in to hold onto the lead, he wasn’t able to contribute a tackle or an interception, received only half of the passes sent his way, and none of his pressures helped FCC to win the ball back.
Alvaro Barreal (87th Minute) – N/A
Barreal came on for Lucho Acosta in the 87th minute and ran around a lot.
Haris Medunjanin (87th Minute) – N/A
Medunjanin came on for Junior Moreno in the 87th minute to help waste some time.
Injury Notes: Ronald Matarrita (leg), Gustavo Vallacilla (leg), Ray Gaddis (leg), Allan Cruz (undisclosed family matter), John Nelson (back), Beckham Sunderland (concussion)