QUEENS, N.Y. – FC Cincinnati 2 lost to New York City FC II, 5-1, Saturday night at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John’s University.
The Orange and Blue fall to 3-10-0 (9 points) in MLS NEXT Pro competition. NYCFC II move into second place in the Eastern Conference at 25 points (7-4-3).
The hosts scored four times in the game’s opening 20 minutes to quickly put FCC 2 in a road deficit.
Andrew Akindele scored his third goal of the season, matched with Avionne Flanagan and Nick Markanich for the most on the team, in the 56th minute. Flanagan played a cross towards Akindele which the NYCFC II defense could not properly handle which allowed a tap-in finish for Akindele.
FCC 2 return home to face Chicago Fire FC II on Saturday, July 10. Kickoff from NKU Soccer Stadium in Highland Heights, Kentucky is set for 6 p.m.
FC CINCINNATI 2 GAME REPORT
FC Cincinnati 2 at New York City FC II
Date: July 2, 2022
Competition: MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season
Venue: Belson Stadium
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 83 degrees, clear
SCORING SUMMARY: 1-2-F
NYC - John Denis (Youssoufi) 3’, John Denis 5’, Piero Elias (Jimenez) 16’, Jonathan Jimenez (Youssoufi) 18’, Julian Gomez 71’
CIN - Andrew Akindele 56'
CIN: Beckham Sunderland, Ashton Kamdem, David Garcia, Kai Thomas, Morgan Marshall, Bryan Sánchez, Musa Ramathan (Daniel Samways 46’), Daniel Martin, Avionne Flanagan, Daniel Martin (Nicque Daley 76’), Max Miller (Mario Penagos 88’) Ousman Touray (Andrew Akindele 46’)
Substitutes not used: Nico Campuzano
Head Coach: Tyrone Marshall
NYC: Alex Rando, Brian Flores (Kelvin Da Costa 89’), Nicholas Benalcazar, Kamram Acito (Klevis Haxhari 46’), Stephen Turnbull (Diego Rossi 80’), Piero Elias, Samuel Owusu, John Denis (Dren Dobruna 80’), Julian Gomez, Jonathan Jimenez (Andrew Maia 64’), El Mahdi Youssoufi
Substitutes not used: Alexander Yagudayev
Head Coach: Matt Pilkington
STATS SUMMARY: NYC/CIN
Shots: 28 / 6
Shots on Goal: 10 / 3
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 13 / 8
Offside: 0 / 0
Possession: 58.3 / 41.7
CIN - Max Miller (Yellow Card) 70'
CIN - Bryan Sánchez (Yellow Card) 78’
NYC - Klevis Haxhari (Yellow Card) 88’
Referee: Kenneth Rojas
Ast. Referees: Amilcar Sicaju, Joe Franks
Fourth Official: Ernie Constantine
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.