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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – FC Cincinnati 2 dropped a 1-0 decision to visiting Inter Miami CF II Saturday afternoon at NKU Soccer Stadium.

With the loss, FCC 2 drop to 1-3-0 (3 points) in MLS NEXT Pro competition. Miami improved to 3-1-1 (10 points) to move into first place in the Eastern Conference following the result.

The best chance for the Orange and Blue came from the spot, when in the 21st minute Nicque Daley was taken down in the box to set up a penalty kick for FCC 2. Avionne Flanagan’s penalty would be saved a minute later, keeping the game scoreless.

Tyler Bagley scored the game-winner for Inter Miami in the 39th minute.

FC Cincinnati Academy products Marcel Ruszel and Daniel Samways made their season and professional debuts Saturday, while Daley made his debut with the Orange and Blue.

FC Cincinnati 2 return to action Saturday, April 30 for a rematch with Toronto FC II. Kickoff from BMO Field is set for 7 p.m.

FC CINCINNATI 2 GAME REPORT
FC Cincinnati 2 vs. Inter Miami CF II
Date: April 23, 2022
Competition: MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season
Venue: NKU Soccer Stadium
Kickoff: 1:05 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, clear

SCORING SUMMARY: 1-2-F
CIN - 0-0-0
MIA - 1-0-1

CIN - None

MIA - Tyler Bagley (Lawson Sunderland) 39'

LINEUPS
CIN: Beckham Sunderland, Ashton Kamdem, Owen Noverr (David Garcia 46’), Kai Thomas, Morgan Marshall (Max Miller 86’), Leonardo Vazquez (Marcel Ruszel 61’), Daniel Martin, Avionne Flanagan, Gerardo Valenzuela (Daniel Samways 79’), Isaac Atanga, Nicque Daley

Substitutes not used: Jack Moxom

Head Coach: Tyrone Marshall

MIA: Andrew Zuluaga, Logan Batiste (Israel Boatwright 64’), Modesto Mendez, Ryan Sailor, Tyler Bagley, Abel Caputo, Braxton Najib (Miles Perkovich 73’), Lawson Sunderland, Shaan Hundal (Dairon Reyes 64’), Edison Azcona (Drew Hardin 80’), Shanyder Borgelin

Substitutes not used: Ethan Hardin, David Ruiz

Head Coach: Darren Powell

STATS SUMMARY: CIN/MIA
Shots: 11 / 11
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 0 / 2
Possession: 51.3 / 48.7

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY
CIN - Owen Noverr (Yellow Card) 28'
MIA - Shaan Hundal (Yellow Card) 44'
MIA - Shanyder Borgelin (Yellow Card) 45+1'
MIA - Abel Caputo (Yellow Card) 55'
MIA - Dairon Reyes (Yellow Card) 85'

OFFICIALS
Referee: Sergii Demianchuk
Ast. Referees: Jacob Little, Christian Little
Fourth Official: Lauren Lutikoff

POSTGAME QUOTES
Head Coach Tyrone Marshall on the match today:

“I didn't think we came out with the right energy, I didn't think our energy was great. The first half, you know, discipline, we weren't as disciplined as we were before, made some mental mistakes. That's what you're going to get with the young boys, but if we can limit those mistakes in moments that won't affect us, and we didn't today. The mistakes were made in the moment that we needed to be good.

 “On the ball as well, couple errors that potentially we could have dealt with better, we didn't. Guys stepping out and putting some pressure on the ball. And, you know, it's just one of those things that we just have to get better. Hopefully, we don't keep making the same mistakes, mental errors. And that's part of what we get with the young group, you keep making those errors. But again, it's trying to get that environment, right, trying to get the culture right with those boys. In how we train, and what we do in terms of our playing. And that ultimately, is going to be helpful for the guys who go through the first team.”

ABOUT MLS NEXT PRO

Launched in March 2022 by Major League Soccer, MLS NEXT Pro is a professional men’s soccer league in the United States and Canada that completes the player pathway from MLS NEXT through to MLS first teams. With 21 Clubs competing during the inaugural season – 20 MLS-affiliated and one independent club, Rochester New York FC – MLS NEXT Pro will grow the game through innovation and diversity by bringing professional soccer to new markets, creating career opportunities for professionals on and off the field, and providing communities with a strong sense of pride. Eight additional MLS-affiliated clubs will join MLS NEXT Pro in 2023, with more independent clubs joining in the years ahead. For more information about MLS NEXT Pro, visit mlsnextpro.com.