FC Cincinnati 2 defeated Toronto FC II, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at NKU Soccer Stadium to earn the first win in club history.
FCC 2 improve to 1-1-0 (3 points) with the win. Toronto dropped to 0-1-0 in their first game of the season.
Arquimides Ordonez scored the first goal in FC Cincinnati 2 history with a superb individual effort in the 4th minute. Nick Markanich played a long ball down the left side which Ordonez took a touch past Toronto’s oncoming keeper and calmly weaved between oncoming defenders to bury an early opening goal.
It’s the second club milestone for the FC Cincinnati Academy product Ordonez, who became the first Homegrown Player to appear in a game with the first team last July.
The game-winner came in the 73rd minute when Ordonez fired a cross intended for Andrew Akindele, but Klaidi Cela deflected the ball into his own net for an own goal to put FCC 2 up 2-1.
Roman Celentano played hero in goal when a penalty kick was issued deep into stoppage time for Toronto, but the No. 2 overall selection in MLS SuperDraft 2022 saved the penalty and secured the win for the Orange and Blue.
FC Cincinnati 2 return to action Sunday, April 17 at New England Revolution II. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. from Gillette Stadium.
For more information, visit fccincinnati.com/fccincinnati2.
FC CINCINNATI 2 MATCH REPORT
FC Cincinnati 2 vs. Toronto FC II
Date: April 3, 2022
Competition: MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season
Venue: NKU Soccer Stadium
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Weather: 53 degrees, clear
SCORING SUMMARY: 1-2-F
CIN - Arquimides Ordonez (Nick Markanich) 4’, Klaidi Cela - Own Goal 73'
TOR - Themi Antonoglou (unassisted) 10’
CIN: Roman Celentano, Ian Murphy, Zico Bailey, Morgan Marshall (Max Miller 85’), Ashton Kamdem, Arquimides Ordonez, Harrison Robledo, Kai Thomas, Avionne Flanagan (Isaac Atanga 46’), Gerardo Valenzuela (Daniel Martin 46’), Nick Markanich (David Garcia 90+2’)
Substitutes not used: Paul Walters, Darrell Turcios, Owen Noverr, Leonardo Vazquez, Andrew Akindele
Head Coach: Tyrone Marshall
TOR: Luka Gavran, Kobe Franklin, Klaidi Cela, Rohan Goulbourne, Themi Antonoglou, Kota Sakurai (Luca Accettola 79’), Steffan Yeates, Julian Altobelli (Alonso Coello Camarero 65’), Alec Diaz, Paul Rothrock, Hugo Mbongue (Stefan Karajovanovic 65’)
Substitutes not used: Adisa De Rosario, Mehdi Essoussi, Joshua Gordon, Nakye Greenidge-Duncan, Kundai Mawoko, Adam Pearlman
Head Coach: Gianni Cimini
STATS SUMMARY: CIN/TOR
Shots: 14 / 14
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 5 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 8
Fouls: 19 / 13
Offside: 1 / 2
Possession: 49.2 / 50.8
CIN - Gerardo Valenzuela (caution) 30'
CIN - Andrew Akindele (caution) 76'
CIN - Arquimides Ordonez (caution) 87'
CIN - Roman Celentano (caution) 90+3'
Referee: Luis Arroyo
Ast. Referees: James Duling, Christian Little
Fourth Official: Laura Lutikoff
FC Cincinnati 2 Head Coach Tyrone Marshall
“Fantastic performance from the boys with our response from last week going to Philly and playing a very good team in Philly. Then coming back here at home especially being in front of the home fans and your family, you want to get out of the gate and get a good result and I thought the boys responded well by getting a result at home and closing the gate at the end.”