Another year, another new team to study up on. Yes, up next for City is Major League Soccer debutants FC Cincinnati. The Lions will host the Ohio club on Sunday at Orlando City Stadium with kickoff set for 3:00 p.m. Cincy has already realized life in the top flight isn’t as smooth as the lower divisions. The club made a coaching change just days ago after five straight losses and are looking for a new General Manager. Here is what you need to know about Major League Soccer’s newest club:
This portion of Know Your Opponent could be a long one but we’ll stick to the key figures that Cincinnati went after in their first offseason and important notes on their roster build.
For starters, Cincy built early on with guys that got them to MLS. 11 players were carried over from their 2018 USL Championship side including Fanendo Adi, Fatai Alashe and Spencer Richey who were acquired with the transition to MLS in mind.
Other notable names that were more recent acquisitions include Kekuta Manneh, Kenny Saief, Alvas Powell, Kendall Waston, Leonardo Bertone and Greg Garza.
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The good news for FC Cincinnati, nine players have scored a goal which is a nice balance. The bad news, only one of those players has more than one goal and that’s Allan Cruz who has tallied two in 654 minutes played. It’s a similar story in the assist column. Darren Mattocks and Kenny Saief are the only players with more than one assist, and again, they only have two to their names.
As we previously mentioned, it’s been a rough start for FC Cincinnati. The club’s inaugural Head Coach, Alan Koch, was let go after 11 games and replaced with 29-year-old Interim Manager Yoann Damet. In the club’s last six games they have lost five and were held scoreless in all five of those matches.
This is a no brainer, City is 0-0-0 all-time against FC Cincinnati.
Fun Fact presented by Rasmussen College
This will not be FC Cincinnati’s first visit to Orlando City Stadium. The club played against Orlando City B back in 2017 with the match ending 1-1. Jimmy McLaughlin, Corben Bone and Justin Hoyte featured in the match and are still with FC Cincinnati.