FC Cincinnati head back on the road Wednesday to take on Atlanta United FC in an Eastern Conference battle. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be shown on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. Fans can also listen to the match locally on ESPN 1530.
Let’s break down this matchup with key numbers to remember, presented by CTI.
Luchiano Acosta is tied with Atlanta United FC’s Thiago Almada for the lead in goals and assists this season with 22. Both players contributed to their club’s respective victories on Saturday evening, as Acosta earned two assists and Almada contributed a goal and two assists.
With Nick Hagglund’s goal Saturday, he became the 12th player to score a goal this season for The Orange and Blue. The header in the 59th minute of Saturday’s match made Hagglund the second defender to score a goal for FCC and was the third goal scored by a defender this season. Yerson Mosquera earned both of FC Cincinnati’s previous two goals by a defender.
Midfielder Álvaro Barreal leads all FC Cincinnati players with 39 completed crosses this season. The figure ranks ninth in MLS, contributing to his 74.7% passing percentage. The Argentine midfielder has also supplied 699 completed passes, the fifth most on the club behind Yerson Mosquera, Matt Miazga, Junior Moreno, and Obinna Nwobodo.
With 28 goals conceded, FC Cincinnati has allowed the sixth-fewest goals in MLS this season. Allowing 1.12 goals per match while scoring 1.69 goals per match has given FCC the edge all season.
Atlanta has been similarly dangerous on offense and defense this season, allowing the third most goals in the league this season (39) while scoring the third most in MLS (48).
FC Cincinnati has been one of the most fouled teams this season, suffering 322 fouls in league play this year, good for fifth most in MLS play. On the flip side, The Orange and Blue have left their mark on opponents, committing 313 fouls, 10th most in MLS.
Atlanta United FC has committed the fifth most fouls in MLS with 330 and taken the ninth most with 295.
Under head coach Pat Noonan, FC Cincinnati has been prepared for action on short notice. In 17 matches across all competitions in the midweek, FCC has only lost once, owning a 10-1-6 record. The Orange and Blue are undefeated in MLS play, with a 5-0-4 record when playing on Wednesdays.