CHESTER, Pa. – FC Cincinnati 2 dropped the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro game in club history 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Philadelphia Union 2 at Subaru Park.
The Orange and Blue out-possessed the hosts and completed more passes, but played from behind early with Philadelphia’s Carlos Paternina scoring in the 4th minute. Jesus Bueno doubled the lead and gave the contest its final scoreline in the 58th minute.
FC Cincinnati 2 host Toronto FC II next Sunday, April 3 for the squad’s first home game. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. from NKU Soccer Stadium in Highland Heights, Kentucky. For more information, visit fccincinnati.com/fccincinnati2.
FC CINCINNATI 2 MATCH REPORT
FC Cincinnati 2 at Philadelphia Union
Date: March 27, 2022
Competition: MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season
Venue: Subaru Park
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 40 degrees, clear
SCORING SUMMARY: 1-2-F
PHI - Carlos Paternina (Stefan Stojanovic) 4', Jesus Bueno (Cole Turner) 58'
CIN - None
CIN: Roman Celentano, Avionne Flanagan (Ashton Kamdem 63’), Ian Murphy, Kai Thomas, Morgan Marshall (Max Miller 72’), Harrison Robledo, Zico Bailey, Nick Markanich (Leonardo Vazquez 72’), Gerardo Valenzuela, Quimi Ordonez, Andrew Akindele
Substitutes Not Used: Jack Moxom, David Garcia, Darrell Turcios, Marcel Ruszel
Head Coach: Tyrone Marshall
PHI: Matthew Freese, Anton Sorenson, Jackson Gilman, Nathaniel Nkanji, Matt Real, Cole Turner, Boubacar Diallo (Francis Westfeld 87’), Jesus Bueno (Juan Perdomo Rivero 63’), Carlos Paternina (Ian Abbey 63’), Stefan Stojanovic, Christopher Donovan (Nelson Pierre 76’)
Substitutes not used: Edgar Alguera-Mercardo, Bajung Darboe, Jack Jasinski, Maike Villero Farinez
Head coach: Marlon LeBlanc
STATS SUMMARY: PHI/CIN
Shots: 18 / 2
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 10 / 3
Fouls: 13 / 9
Offside: 5 / 4
Possession: 42.3 / 57.7
CIN - Morgan Marshall (caution) 46'
PHI - Carlos Paternina (caution) 53'
Referee: Thomas Snyder
Ast. Referees: Nicholas Seymour, Patrick Slane
Fourth Official: Justin Saporito
POST GAME QUOTES
FC Cincinnati 2 Head Coach Tyrone Marshall
His thoughts on the first MLS NEXT Pro match for FC Cincinnati 2
“Yeah, it was great to get the game out of the way, obviously, we’ve been waiting six weeks to get that done. Excited for the young boys, they had the opportunity to play in their first pro game, in a sense, the academy boys. Not exactly the result we wanted, saw some good stuff out there. It's a work in progress still need players to build out a roster, we're getting a complement of first-team guys who haven’t had minutes to come down and help. Overall, I thought it was a decent game. Moving forward, we look to improve, we look to get better with the younger boys and their decision making. But overall, I thought it was a good start for young boys. But we'll grow and get better as the season progresses."
On players coming from Charlotte yesterday, as well as players making their pro debuts
“Like I said, I think the group is in a good spot. Obviously, I think we need to add some more players to the group as we move forward. We need a little bit more experience with the younger boys to help guide them. This is what this league is going to be, trying to grow the younger players. So, there's going to be some learning curve, some disappointment, but it’s how do you rebound? How do you react, come the next game?”
On the takeaways heading into the home opener
“The takeaway is this, again, seeing some of the boys and who has the potential. Obviously, some things that we need to work on. And just keep grinding with the players that come down from the first team to help us. To keep sending the right message, creating that little culture that we want them to bring with them, to be the professionals that are coming down to be and help guide the young players. I think that's the most important thing. So, the messaging, just keep instilling that message and hopefully going into the first game we can see some results.”