FCC vs NE Revolution
FC Cincinnati kicked off their preseason string of matches earlier this week. The club played New England Revolution for the first time on Tuesday and the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday.
NE Revolution requested that the preseason game not be recorded. FC Cincinnati fans had no other choice but to head to Twitter for live updates.
This was the first preseason match for FC Cincinnati, and the third match for NE Revolution.
FC Cincinnati started out in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with returning forward Danni Konig, up top. This match proved to be a great opportunity for Coach Koch to try out new plays and new player combinations. The first half ended with returning midfielder Corben Bone scoring, giving FC Cincinnati a 1-0 lead.
FC Cincinnati started off the second half with a few trialists. The club announced earlier this week, that a new signing, Tommy Hienemann, would be released from the club due to a failed physical. Another new signing, Tommy Gibson, suffered a fractured fibula during practice and will be out for four to six months.
NE Revolution capitalized on fresh players and fresh legs in the 48th minute, right after the second half started. Brandon Bye found the back of the box, leading to a 1-1 score.
Matt Bahner, a returning FCC defender, was brought down by Zachary Herivaux of NE Revolution in the final twenty minutes of the match. The club was able to sub Herivaux out, after being shown a red card, since the match was a preseason match.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
FCC vs Tampa Bay
FC Cincinnati took to the pitch Saturday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Last season, FC Cincinnati met Tampa Bay on the pitch three times, leading to one draw and two losses.
Tampa Bay came out strong, offense taking the majority of the possession, but it was not enough to get past the teamwork of FC Cincinnati defender Smith and forward Haber.
Despite the wind on the field causing a bit of a possession struggle, neither club was able to capitalize upon any of their plays.
Three players received yellow cards in the first half – Albadawi and Barrett of FC Cincinnati, and Flemmings of Tampa Bay. This score remained 0-0 at the half.
FC Cincinnati and Tampa Bay started out the second half with a fresh set of legs. FC Cincinnati introduced four trialists, and The Rowdies started new players and a trialist, as well.
The 62nd minute led to a goal into the top left of the box by returning FC Cincinnati defender, Garrett Halfhill. Halfhill only played in two matches last season.
The last twenty minutes of the game led to multiple changes for Tampa Bay to capitalize on possession, but new FC Cincinnati midfielder, William Seymore was able to clear. Rowdies players Gorskie, Morrell, and Hristov all received yellow cards in the last fifteen minutes of the match.
The match ended in an FC Cincinnati 1-0 victory.
FC Cincinnati has come out strong this season, introducing new players to the old defensive line. Koch has been able to make the appropriate adjustments at the half and capitalize on new player combinations.
FC Cincinnati has six preseason games remaining. IMG Academy will host the last Florida preseason game, where FC Cincinnati will meet the Chicago Fire reserves on February 14th. The club will face Indy Eleven in Indianapolis on February 22nd, followed by a match against the NKU Norse on February 27th.
FC Cincinnati will host the final three preseason games at home. Nashville Soccer Club will visit Cincinnati on March 3rd. The club then plays the UC soccer team on March 7th. Sacramento Republic FC, another USL team vying for the 2020 MLS bid, will travel to Cincinnati on March 10th for the final preseason game.