FC Cincinnati hit the road again for a clash with Atlanta United FC on Wednesday, looking to build momentum coming off a thrilling 2-0 victory at TQL Stadium against Toronto FC on Saturday night. The Orange and Blue and the Five Stripes battled to a 1-1 draw in the Queen City back in July, and with a third matchup looming in the season finale, FCC will be on the hunt for a road result.
Let’s break down this matchup, by the numbers.
The season xG for Atlanta United’s leading goalscorer, Marcelino Moreno which leads Atlanta United and ranks 17th in MLS. Moreno is slightly outperforming that figure, notching seven goals so far this season. Brenner leads FCC in both xG and goals scored, with a 5.6 xG resulting in six goals in 2021.
Speaking of Brenner, FCC’s number nine was signed to bring his goal-scoring prowess to the Queen City, and he has done just that so far this season. Brenner’s six goals are one behind Allan Cruz’s 2019 club record for goals in a season (seven), his 14 shots on goal trail only Cruz’s 2019 record of 21, and his 44 shots are seven shy of Jurgen Locadia’s club record for total shots in a season.
Atlanta United lead MLS in possession this season with 57.94%. FC Cincinnati defender Gustavo Vallecilla emphasized the importance of controlling possession ahead of the Toronto win last weekend, a match in which FCC held just over half the possession.
Nick Hagglund’s 90-minute shift on Saturday night pushed him over the 10,000-minute mark for his MLS career. Hagglund has already claimed the club record for appearances throughout his FC Cincinnati career, with 52 and counting.
By the numbers is presented by CTI