FC Cincinnati looked like a completely different side as the team was squashed in a 3-0 matchup against D.C. United.
The match started similarly to the midweek matchup against Toronto FC. The opposition appeared to look the better side as they possessed the ball and attacked the FCC goal.
However, unlike the Toronto matchup, D.C. United was able to capitalize on the early chances. The first of those came very early as Pedro Santos of D.C. picked up the ball and smashed it into the net.
The match seemed to settle down a tad following this first goal, as FCC saw a couple of chances. But a foul by Marco Angulo led to a free kick saw D.C. get the ball in an advantageous position and use it wisely. Roman Celentano made a great save but, unfortunately, the ball bounced fortuitously to a D.C. player, Derrick Williams, who slotted the second of the night for the opposition into the net.
FCC looked to be growing into the matchup following the second goal. The team was able to string together some passes and get Lucho Acosta the ball more often. Alvaro Barreal was also able to see the ball on the left wing. However, neither of the two strikers were able to do anything with the service or passes from the two.
But, it just wasn’t to be for FCC on Saturday, as following a restart, Christian Benteke headed it and Cristian Dajome got it. Following a bit of dribbling, Dajome shot it toward the FCC goal, and just to show how the night was going, it went through both the defender’s and Celentano’s legs and into the net.
The second half really started with FCC trying to work for that first goal. The side did see more of the ball in the opening stages compared to the first half as well.
This attack was concentrated out on the wings, especially on the left side, obviously, but nothing really came from any of the attacks. Dominique Badji and Quimi Ordonez were pretty much nonexistent and didn’t offer anything substantial. However, it wasn’t to be for FCC. Nothing would go in or even really get close.
But what did happen is FCC defender Ian Murphy picked up two yellow cards in the second half to get a red card, leaving FCC out another center back for next week’s titanic struggle against New England Revolution.
Match 19 – D.C. United vs FC Cincinnati
Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
Result: D.C. United 3, FC Cincinnati 0
FC Cincinnati Starting XI:
Roman Celentano, Nick Hagglund, Ian Murphy (red card 88′), Alvas Powell (Raymon Gaddis 58′), Marco Angulo, Obinna Nwobodo, Luciano Acosta, Álvaro Barreal (Joey Akpunonu 82′),
Santiago Arias (Bret Halsey 71′), Dominique Badji (Sergio Santos 71′), Arquimides Ordonez (Malik Pinto 57)
Bench: Stiven Jimenez, Alec Kann, Gerardo Valenzuela, London Aghedo
D.C. United Starting XI:
Tyler Miller, Derrick Williams, Donovan Pines, Brendan Hines-Ike (Kristian Fletcher 86′), Lewis O’Brien, Christopher Durkin, Pedro Santos, Andy Najar (Ruan 64′), Christian Benteke, Cristián Dájome (Taxiarchis Fountas 71′), Mateusz Klich
Bench: Yamil Asad, Erik Hurtado, Jacob Greene, Alex Bono, Gaoussou Samake, Russell Canouse
CIN– Ian Murphy 66’
CIN – Ian Murphy (second yellow card) 80’
vs New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1, TQL Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)