BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – FC Cincinnati 2 conceded twice in the second half to drop a 3-1 decision Sunday night at Chicago Fire FC II.

With the loss, FCC 2 fall to 1-6-0 (3 points). The Fire II squad improve to 1-3-3 (7 points).

Down 1-0, Andrew Akindele equalized for the Orange and Blue in the 29th minute, just one minute after the Fire’s opener. Nick Markanich found Akindele down the right side, where the goal scorer took on two defenders in a streaking solo effort towards the box where he scored from a tight angle approaching the end line.

The goal was Akindele’s first for FCC 2. Chicago scored the game-winner in the 57th minute, followed by an insurance strike in the 85th.

FCC 2 return home to face New England Revolution II next Sunday from NKU Soccer Stadium in Highland Heights, Kentucky. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

FC Cincinnati 2 at Chicago Fire FC II

Date: May 15, 2022
Competition: MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season 
Venue: SeatGeek Stadium
Kickoff: 6:08 p.m. ET
Weather: 69 degrees, cloudy 

CHI: 1-2-3
CIN: 1-0-1

CHI – Omari Glasgow (Matteo Kidd) 28’, Victor Bezerra (Josh Penn) 57’, Alex Monis (unassisted) 85’

CIN – Andrew Akindele (Nick Markanich) 29’


CIN: Beckham Sunderland, Ashton Kamdem (Avionne Flanagan 62’), David Garcia, Kai Thomas, Max Miller, Harrison Robledo, Marcel Ruszel (Owen Noverr 87’), Zico Bailey, Gerardo Valenzuela, Andrew Akindele, Nick Markanich

Substitutes not used: Paul Walters

Head Coach: Tyrone Marshall

CHI: Chris Brady, Diego Alvarado, Kendall Burks (Ryan Quintos 46’), Carlo Ritaccio, Christian Baumgartner, Sergio Oregel (Allan Rodriguez 81’), Matteo Kidd, Richard Fleming, Omari Glasgow (Alex Monis 62’), Josh Penn (Noeh Hernandez 90’), Victor Bezerra (Missael Rodriguez 62’)

Substitutes not used: Mihajlo Miskovic, Michael Flores, Luka Bezerra

Head Coach: Ludovic Taillandier

Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Saves: 6 / 4
Corner Kicks: 5 / 10
Fouls: 10 / 18
Offside: 1 / 1
Possession: 50.9 / 49.1

CHI – Richard Fleming (Yellow Card) 36’
CIN – David Garcia (Yellow Card) 45+2’
CIN – Marcel Ruszel (Yellow Card) 56’
CIN – Max Miller (Yellow Card) 84’

Referee: Calin Radosav
Ast. Referees: Zach Gaidar, Eric Burton
Fourth Official: Dylan Seitz

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. Additional MLS-affiliated and independent clubs will join MLS NEXT Pro in the years ahead. For more information about MLS NEXT Pro, visit