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The FC Cincinnati Academy began the MLS Next regular season Saturday, September 11 north of Detroit in Livonia, Michigan against Michigan Wolves SC. The Orange and Blue went 1-2-2 on the road.

Here’s a look at how each academy age group fared:

U13 | Michigan Wolves SC 3, FC Cincinnati Academy 1

Sam Onipko, who scored in the preseason, netted FCC Academy’s goal in the 71st minute in the squad’s 3-1 loss.

Owen Chapman earned the assist on the goal.

U14 | Michigan Wolves SC 1, FC Cincinnati Academy 1

Ezequiel Bautista’s 50’ strike, assisted by Blake Koch, was the U14’s goal in the 1-1 stalemate.

U15 | Michigan Wolves SC 0, FC Cincinnati Academy 1

JP Piedra’s 64’ goal, assisted by Reece Cousino, was the game-winner in the Young Gary’s win. Piedra had scored twice in the preseason against Cleveland.

Cooper Wiseman and Jack Madsen split time at goalkeeper, holding a clean sheet in the 1-0 win.

U17 | Michigan Wolves SC 2, FC Cincinnati Academy 1

Sabalian Roy’s 11’ goal was not enough in Michigan’s 2-1 win over FC Cincinnati’s U17 squad.

U19 | Michigan Wolves SC 2, FC Cincinnati Academy 2

In a high scoring draw, Gerardo Valenzuela scored early in the 4’ followed by Max Miller in the 17’.

Morgan Marshall and Harrison Robledo each tallied assists.


The MLS Next season continues Friday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 18 as FC Cincinnati Academy host regional rival Columbus Crew SC Academy at Mercy Health Training Center.

The match times are as follows:

Friday – 7 p.m. | U15 & U19
Saturday – 10 a.m. | U14 & U17

MLS NEXT, introduced in 2020, provides the best player development experience in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest levels of competition and to training and personal development opportunities that will prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life.

For the latest information on the FC Cincinnati Academy, follow the program on Twitter @FCCincyAcademy and visit the academy’s website at fccincinnati.com/academy.

For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s official mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.