FC Cincinnati 2 played to a 4-0 loss to New York City FC II on Wednesday afternoon in their final home match of the season at Scudamore Field.
New York scored three first-half goals en route to the win with Jonathan Jimenez leading the NYCFC attack. Jimenez opened the scoring for the Pigeons in the 19th minute of play. Julian Gómez picked up an assist on the goal, heading a cross back across the box to Jimenez who finished at the far post.
Jimenez completed his brace five minutes later in the 24th minute for his ninth goal of the season. It’s Jimenez’s second multigoal game of the year. Steven Turnbull assisted on the goal, his fourth of the season.
Gómez added a goal to his opening assist putting NYCFC up by three on the stroke of halftime. Gómez finished the attacking move after receiving a perfectly weighted pass from El Mahdi Youssoufi. Youssoufi controlled the run of play for New York, finishing the afternoon with three assists.
Samuel Owusu scored New York’s fourth and final goal in the 69th minute. New York finished the match with nine shots, five on goal, while holding the Orange and Blue to ten attempts and two shots on goal.
The Orange and Blue wrap up the MLS NEXT Pro season on Sunday against Columbus Crew 2 at Historic Crew Stadium with kickoff set for 3 p.m. ET.
FC CINCINNATI 2 GAME REPORT
FC Cincinnati 2 vs. New York City FC II
Date: Sept. 14, 2022
Competition: MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season
Venue: Scudamore Field at NKU Soccer Stadium
Kickoff: 3:05 p.m. ET
Weather: 80 degrees, sunny
SCORING SUMMARY: 1-2-F
NYC: Jimenez (Gómez, Youssoufi) 19’, Jimenez (Turnbull, Youssoufi) 24’, Gómez (Youssoufi) 45’, Owusu (Gloster)
CIN: Louro, Garcia (McHenry 46’), Ramathan, Thomas, Govea, Turcios (Daley 60’), Valenzuela (Dreas 60’), Sánchez, Marshall (Martin 85’), Markanich (Calderon 78’), Ordoñez
Substitutes not used: Campuzano, Penagos, Touray, Vazquez
Head Coach: Tyrone Marshall
NYC: Rando, Gloster, Benalcazar, Owusu, Turnbull (Flores 90’), Beer (Elias 58’), Bednarsky, Di Ponzio (Arévalo 85’), Gómez (Carrizo 65’), Jimenez, Youssoufi (Murania Yankowitz 85’)
Substitutes not used: Rodriguez, McFarlane
Head Coach: Matt Pilkington
STATS SUMMARY: CIN / NY
Shots: 10 / 9
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 0 / 4
Fouls: 20 / 12
Offside: 5 / 4
Possession: 52.1 / 47.9
CIN: Valenzuela (YELLOW CARD, FOUL) 23’
NYC: Turnbull (YELLOW CARD, FOUL) 61’
Referee: Youssef Elmessoussi
Ast. Referees: Jake Brochu, Chris Slane
Fourth Official: Jacyln Williams
About MLS NEXT Pro FC
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