FC Cincinnati will look to continue its Supporters Shield run when it travels to Montreal for a matchup against the Eastern Conference foe.
FCC is coming off a 2-2 draw against former Supporters Shield opponent Philadelphia Union, but their hopes were basically wiped away thanks to a two-goal comeback in the second half. Aaron Boupendza was a major fixture in this comeback, as he scored once and assisted once.
FCC will be able to have the services of Lucho Acosta in this match as well, as he returns from a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation. This should, obviously, help FCC as the hopeful MLS MVP is the one that drives the FCC Machine.
However, FCC will also be without Yerson Mosquera for the match due to a suspension from his red card on Saturday. This is unfortunate, but due to the team FCC is facing, it shouldn’t be the biggest loss in the world.
It remains to be seen if Boupendza will feature from the beginning of the match, but it was obvious from his performance in Saturday’s second half why FCC saw him as such a possible impact player. If that is the player that we see in the remainder of the season, not only should the Supporters Shield find its way to Cincinnati but maybe another trophy too.
FC Cincinnati will face off against CF Montreal on Wednesday. CF Montreal is currently eighth on the Eastern Conference table and has scored only 28 goals on the season and allowed 40, as opposed to FCC’s 46 and 32 respectively.
Montreal’s 28 goals on the season so far is easily the worst for any team currently in the MLS playoff picture in either the Eastern or Western conference. This is horrendous and means FCC should really have no trouble in this match even with Mosquera not being able to feature.
Because of this, Montreal doesn’t even have a single player with a half-dozen goals on the season, with Chinonso Offor and Mathieu Choinière tied for the team lead with four apiece. Romell Quioto also has three on the season with 2023 trade acquisition Bryce Duke on two goals so far.
It’s not even like Montreal has a great facilitator either, as the team’s leader in assists is also Choinière with four assists.
If FCC gives up more than one goal on the night, something has gone horribly wrong.
Whoscored.com said that a strength of CF Montreal includes protecting its leads.
However, the site also said the team’s weaknesses include finishing their scoring chances, keeping possession of the ball and avoiding individual errors.
Whoscored,com also said Montreal’s style of play includes playing long balls, attacking down the left and playing with width.