2024 Match Reports

FCC continues hot road form, beats FC Dallas 1-0

FC Cincinnati was able to continue its outstanding road form as the team beat FC Dallas 1-0 thanks to Luca Orellano’s second-half winner.

FCC and Dallas began the match pretty similarly, as both sides got some decent chances but couldn’t get anything clear-cut.

Orellano stood out for FCC especially, as he had multiple outstanding runs that gave the team great chances, but they weren’t able to capitalize on them.

As the game wore on, however, FCC started to have a lot of trouble maintaining possession. Dallas was doing a great job suffocating the FCC midfield.

In this period, Dallas got its best chances of the half. One of those chances came in the 33rd minute when Dallas had a corner kick, which is when FCC has had a multitude of problems, and those were even with Matt Miazga and Miles Robinson. The corner kick was sent over most of the defense and Bernard Kamungo for Dallas was left unmarked, but he couldn’t head the ball on frame.

Following that chance, FCC had a wonderful opportunity to score thanks to a great slip pass from Orellano, but once again, the shot wasn’t able to be put on frame.

FC Dallas, overall, won the first half with an xG of .62 over FCC’s .48, according to Sofascore, and six shots compared to FCC’s two. Both sides also had two big chances.

However, FCC was able to start to flex its muscles a little bit in the second half.

That started almost immediately, as in the 47th minute, Dado Valenzuela picked up the ball and played Orellano. Yedlin made an overlapping run that allowed Orellano to cut inside and shoot on his favored left foot, which was a rocket that went in the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

FCC’s offensive output looked like it could have continued multiple times later in the half as well, but nobody on the team was able to shoot the ball on frame, which was a pattern for both sides.

The home team’s best chance of the second half probably happened in the 72nd minute, and Roman Celentano was up to the task, as he reached down to his left and palmed it away.

While Dallas had a couple more chances, they weren’t able to do much more and FCC was able to keep a clean sheet for the first time in MLS play since May 15 against Atlanta United.

Match 20– FC Dallas vs. FC Cincinnati

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Result: FC Cincinnati 1, FC Dallas 0


FC Cincinnati Starting XI:

Roman Celentano, Yamil Asad (Alvas Powell 55’), Ian Murphy, Kipp Keller (Bret Halsey 78’), DeAndre Yedlin, Luca Orellano (Isaiah Foster 88’), Pavel Bucha, Yuya Kubo, Luciano Acosta (C), Gerardo Valenzuela (Aaron Boupendza 88’), Kevin Kelsy (Sergio Santos 78’)

Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, London Aghedo, Stiven Jimenez, Nicholas Benalcazar

FC Dallas Starting XI:

Maarten Paes, Marco Farfan, Paul Arriola (C) (Sam Junqua 81’), Nkosi Tafari, Sebastien Ibeagha, Sebastian Lletget (Tomas Pondeca 81’), Asier Illarramendi, Liam Fraser (Nolan Norris 27’), Logan Farrington, Eugene Ansah (Tarik Scott 54’), Bernard Kamungo (Petar Musa 54’)

Substitutes not used: Jimmy Maurer, Omar Gonzalez, Dante Sealy, Ema Twumasi


CIN – Yuya Kubo 18’
CIN – Alvas Powell 56’
DAL – Nolan Norris 58’
CIN – DeAndre Yedlin 61’
CIN – Kevin Kelsy 65’
DAL – Sebastien Ibeagha 82’
CIN – Roman Celentano 88’
CIN – Luciano Acosta 90’+4


CIN – Luca Orellano (Valenzuela) 47’

Next up:
vs D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, Audi Field (Washington, D.C.)

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