Álvaro Barreal named to MLS Team of the Matchday for Matchday 33

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FC Cincinnati wing back Álvaro Barreal has been named to the MLS Team of the Matchday for Matchday 33, the league announced Thursday. 

The Argentine was heavily involved all night Wednesday on the Orange and Blue’s left flank in the 1-1 draw at CF Montréal. Barreal led all players on the field in the midweek match with 93 touches of the ball. He also led all Cincinnati players in tackles (3), chances created (3), possessions won (11) and final third entries (12).

The 2023 MLS All-Star’s stoppage-time long ball played to Dominique Badji forced a foul in the box, setting up the game-equalizing penalty kick goal netted by Luciano Acosta seven minutes into stoppage time. 

The recognition on the MLS Team of the Matchday is Barreal’s seventh of the season, trailing only Luciano Acosta (10) for most on the team.

Barreal’s spot on the MLS Team of the Matchday marks the 37th recognition of an FC Cincinnati player or coach on the weekly team this season. A full list of 2023 FC Cincinnati matchday honors: 
2023 FC Cincinnati MLS Team of the Matchday Player Recognitions 
- Obinna Nwobodo (Matchday 1, 3, 13-Bench, 25) 
- Brenner (3-Bench) 
- Junior Moreno (4)
- Matt Miazga (5-Bench, 7, 15-Bench)
- Brandon Vazquez (5-Bench) 
- Yerson Mosquera (6, 10)
- Álvaro Barreal (6-Bench, 9, 11-Bench, 16, 24-Bench, 29, 33)
- Sergio Santos (9-Bench)
- Luciano Acosta (11-Bench, 13, 14, 16-Bench, 17-Bench, 20, 24, 26, 28, 29)
- Roman Celentano (14-Bench, 20, 28-Bench)
- Dominique Badji (22)
- Santiago Arias (26-Bench)
- Aaron Boupendza (32)

2023 FC Cincinnati MLS Coach of the Matchday Recognitions 
- Pat Noonan (29)
The full team for Matchday 33 is listed below.  
2023 MLS Team of the Matchday presented by Audi (Matchday 33) 

F: Cucho Hernández (CLB), Billy Sharp (LA), Jesús Ferreira (DAL)
M: Robert Taylor (MIA), Héctor Herrera (HOU), Hany Mukhtar (NSH), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (MIN)
D: Álvaro Barreal (CIN), Jack Maher (NSH), Griffin Dorsey (HOU)
GK: Roman Bürki (STL)

Coach: Ben Olsen (HOU) 

Bench: Maarten Paes (DAL), Sergi Palencia (LAFC), João Paulo (SEA), Christian Paredes (POR), Gabriel Pirani (DC), Riqui Puig (LA), Quinn Sullivan (PHI), Facundo Farías (MIA), Talles Magno (NYC)

The Orange and Blue are back at home this Saturday, September 23 to host Charlotte FC. The club celebrates Noche Latina, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. Limited tickets are still available at or by calling (513) 977-5425 (KICK).