FC Cincinnati head north Wednesday for a midweek matchup with CF Montréal, looking to continue their chase for the 2023 Supporters’ Shield. 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 Fox 1360.
Let’s break down this matchup with key numbers to remember, presented by CTI.
FC Cincinnati has been dominant in the second half of matches, allowing a league low nine goals in the final 45 minutes of the match. No other team has allowed single digit goals in the second half with the next closest being 14 from Nashville SC.
CF Montreal has allowed the third fewest goals in the second half with 17.
Captain Luciano Acosta returns to the pitch after serving his suspension for yellow card accumulation. The MLS MVP favorite is third in MLS with 365 duels this season, with a success rate of 45.5 percent.
The figure leads FCC players, with Brandon Vazquez (262) and Yerson Mosquera (251) trailing behind him for The Orange and Blue.
Brandon Vazquez is not just a scorer as he leads all FC Cincinnati forwards with 238 accurate forward zone passes this season. These are passes that progress the ball towards the opponents goal and reach a teammate directly.
The 24-year-old has been a creator and a finisher for The Orange and Blue of late, contributing two goals and an assist in his last three MLS matches.
Newly signed DP Aaron Boupendza has already contributed 45 accurate forward zone passes this year in just five MLS matches.
CF Montréal is second in MLS this season with 11 clean sheets, with goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois manning the metal for all of them.
Eight of Monréal’s clean sheets this season have been at their home stadium of Stade Saputo. In those games they are 7-0-1 and in all clean sheets they are 9-0-2.
FC Cincinnati’s 10 clean sheets, all earned by Roman Celentano, is fourth best among all MLS clubs this season.
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The Orange and Blue have conceded goals first in seven of their last eight matches but own an impressive 4-2-2 record over that same span.
Nine times this season FCC have conceded first total, with a .438 winning percentage in those games, FC Cincinnati have by far the best winning percentage from losing position with the next best record belonging to New England Revolution with a .364 winning percentage.