FC Cincinnati travels to South Beach on Saturday night for their final regular season road match. With the Supporters’ Shield secured, and the top spot in the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs locked up, FCC is looking to stop The Herons from clinching their place in the playoffs.
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.
Luciano Acosta scored his 16th goal of the season Saturday when he converted a penalty in the 68th minute against RBNY, improving on a career-high in goals and tying his 2022 pace of 29 goal contributions with 16 goals and 13 assists.
The FCC captain, Acosta is the frontrunner for Landon Donovan, MLS MVP, as he leads the lead in contributions and is second in goals behind LAFC’s Dennis Bouanga.
The Orange and Blue have earned results in five of 10 trips to the Sunshine State, owning a 5-5-2 record when traveling to Florida. A record that includes games at Orlando City SC, Inter Miami CF, MLS is Back tournament, and games against Canadian clubs in the 2021 regular season. FC Cincinnati have never won at DRV PNK Stadium but earned a draw on their most recent trip to South Beach at the end of the 2022 season.
In that game, a 4-4 draw, Brenner and Brandon Vazquez each earned braces to earn a result after going down early to make a result.
FC Cincinnati is one of the most fouled teams in MLS this season, suffering 406 fouls taken over their 32 MLS matches. The figure is the fourth-highest total in MLS, while The Orange and Blue rank ninth in fouls given.
FCC captain Luciano Acosta has been the most fouled player for The Orange and Blue, taking 57 fouls in 30 matches. Yerson Mosquera is the second most fouled with 46.
No FCC player ranks in the top 10 of fouls taken this season, indicating a depth of players apt at drawing fouls from opponents.
Junior Moreno, who recently received a call-up to the Venezuelan national team for World Cup qualifying, leads FC Cincinnati in passing completion percentage, with 90.6 percent of his passes reaching their destination.
At that figure, the 30-year-old is fourth among qualified midfielders in passing percentage. Defender Matt Miazga ranks second on the club with an 86.7 percent passing rate.
Inter Miami CF has allowed the fourth most goals in the Eastern Conference this season, allowing 50 goals with a -11 goal differential through 31 games. Only Austin, Toronto, and Charlotte have conceded more often.
The Herons have been significantly better at home this season, owning a 6-5-4 record compared to 3-11-2 when traveling. Since returning from the Leagues Cup break, Inter Miami CF have gone 4-2-3.