FC Cincinnati hit the road for the Hell is Real derby at the Columbus Crew. Kickoff from Lower.com Field is set for Sunday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Let’s break down this matchup, by the numbers.
The Columbus Crew have scored eight times from outside the 18, two more than any other side in MLS.
FC Cincinnati have scored in 13 consecutive MLS games, which is the longest active streak in MLS and tied with CF Montréal’s run earlier this year (March 5 – May 28) for the longest of the season. Should FCC score at least one goal in Columbus, it will be the longest such streak in MLS in 2022.
Juan Camilo Hernández Suárez, or simply known as Cucho, has been impressive for the Columbus Crew. The Crew’s newest Designated Player scored three goals in his first 73 minutes with the club, coming on twice as substitutes last Saturday at Chicago and this past Wednesday at D.C. United. The Colombian international earned MLS Team of the Week honors for his brace against D.C. in the midweek game.
Meanwhile, FC Cincinnati’s newest Designated Player Obinna Nwobodo continues to put together impressive performances. On Wednesday vs. Vancouver, per Stats Perform, Nwobodo’s 95 percent accurate passing was the best among any player who played the full 90 minutes. He additionally led all players on the field in passing accuracy in the finals third (91%), possessions won (9), tackles (5) and interceptions (4).
The miles separating TQL Stadium and Lower.com Field in Columbus. The Ohio intrastate rivalry has turned into one of the fiercest in MLS. Outside of the two cities which are home to two MLS sides (Los Angeles and New York), no two clubs are geographically closer than FC Cincinnati and the Columbus Crew.
The Orange and Blue faithful will be present in Ohio’s capital as FC Cincinnati seek the club’s first win in Columbus (0-2-1). It will be a challenge to win in Columbus, all-time the Crew are 222-109-86 at home. That’s 732 points the Crew have earned from games since their inaugural season in 1996.
By The Numbers is presented by CTI.