CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati 2 drop points in a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia Union II Sunday night at Mercy Health Training Center. FCC 2 remains 10th in the Eastern Conference while Philadelphia moves into the 6th spot, as results stand.
Jesús Bueno opened the scoring in the 24th minute following a failed clearance of a Jack McGlynn corner. The service made its way through an initial attempt to clear before finding Bueno with space near the edge of the box. Bueno collected calmly before slipping a shot into the right bottom corner of the net.
Chris Donovan scored his first goal since April 24th for Union II to double the visitor's lead. A turnover from FCC 2 in the defensive third led to the chance and Donovan's low-driven shot beat Nico Campuzano at the far post. Donovan's fourth goal of the season ties him for a team lead.
FCC 2 pulled one back three minutes later through Arquimides Ordóñez, his third goal for the 2's. Morgan Marshall assisted on the goal, picking out Ordóñez in the box following an attacking run down the right sideline. It's Marshall's second assist of the season.
Bueno scored his second goal of the evening in the 57th minute to cap off an impressive night for the defensive midfielder. Bueno assisted on Donovan's early second-half goal as well and finished with four shots and four challenges won.
Kai Thomas scored his first goal for the club in the 85th minute with a headed effort from six yards out, clipping the underside of the crossbar and giving life to an FCC 2 comeback. A number of late chances went by the wayside as FCC 2 couldn't find a stoppage-time equalizer.
"Disappointed with the result. But I think we did some things very well tonight. As the game went on we had some good movement and good stretches of controlling the tempo," said Tyrone Marshall, head coach of FCC 2. "We had some opportunities but came up just short. You have to compete. If you want to be young pros you have to be able to battle in these types of games."
FC Cincinnati 2 set their sights toward next week when the 2's host Columbus Crew 2 at TQL Stadium on Sunday night. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET.
FC CINCINNATI 2 GAME REPORT
FC Cincinnati 2 vs. Philadelphia Union II
Date: Aug. 7, 2022
Competition: MLS NEXT Pro Regular Season
Venue: Mercy Health Training Center
Kickoff: 6:05 p.m. ET
Weather: 87 degrees, sunny
SCORING SUMMARY: 1-2-F
CIN: Ordóñez (Marshall) 54', Thomas (Robledo) 85'
PHI: Bueno 24', Donovan (Bueno) 51', Bueno (Aaronson) 57'
CIN: Campuzano, Flanagan, Thomas, Garcia (Musa, 46'), Marshall (Turcios, 68'), Bailey (Touray, 86'), Robledo, Valenzuela (Daley, 46'), Harris, Ordóñez, Sánchez (Martin, 68')
Substitutes not used: Moxom, Penagos, Vazquez, Dreas
Head Coach: Tyrone Marshall
PHI: Thompson, Sorenson, Real, Craig, Harriel, Turner, Bueno (Diallo, 65'), McGlynn (Perdomo, 65'), Sullivan (Westfield, 90+1'), Aaronson (Stojanovic, 75'), Donovan (Pierre, 76')
Substitutes not used: Rick, Darboe, Nkanji, Villero
Head Coach: Marlon LeBlanc
STATS SUMMARY: CIN / PHI
Shots: 13 / 14
Shots on goal: 6 / 6
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 1 / 7
Fouls: 5 / 14
Offside: 1 / 0
Possession: 46.8 / 53.2
CIN: Sánchez (Yellow Card) 41'
PHI: Bueno (Yellow Card) 37', Turner (Yellow Card) 71', Sullivan (Yellow Card) 81'
Referee: Nabil Bensalah
Ast. Referee(s): Jacob Little, Christian Little
Fourth Official: Lauren Lutikoff
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