FC Cincinnati and New York Red Bulls played to a scoreless draw Wednesday night in front of 9,203 fans at Red Bull Arena.
The Orange and Blue (3-7-6, 15 points) took a road point in the first ever draw between FC Cincinnati and NYRB. The Red Bulls are now 5-7-4 with 19 points.
FCC finished consecutive matches in a scoreless draw for the first time since drawing 0-0 with Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire on August 29 and September 2 of last season, respectively.
Goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer recorded his fourth clean sheet of the season. He has not allowed a goal in the last 213 minutes of game action, the fifth-longest shutout streak in club history.
FC Cincinnati recorded two shots on goal, both coming off headers from defenders Nick Hagglund and Gustavo Vallecilla.
The Orange and Blue have 12 points on the road this season with a 3-4-3 record away from home, which is the second-best in the Eastern Conference behind first place New England’s 18 road points.
The club returns home Saturday night at TQL Stadium to take on Orlando City SC. Kickoff in Cincinnati is set for 7:30 p.m.
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**FC Cincinnati 0, New York Red Bulls 0
Red Bull Arena | Harrison, New Jersey
August 4, 2021
FC Cincinnati: Kenneth Vermeer, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Nick Hagglund, Geoff Cameron, Gustavo Vallecilla, Ronald Matarrita, Allan Cruz, Yuya Kubo, Luciano Acosta © (Haris Medunjanin 78’), Alvaro Barreal, Brenner (Brandon Vazquez 88’)
Bench: Przemysław Tytoń, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Caleb Stanko, Ben Mines, Avionne Flanagan, Isaac Atanga, Arquimides Ordonez
Stats: Shots 9, Shots on Goal 2, Saves 3, Corners 4, Offside 1, Fouls 15, Possession 48.9%, Passes 390 (71.5%)
New York Red Bulls: Carlos, Amro Tarek, Thomas Edwards, Andrew Gutman (John Tolkin 62’), Kyle Duncan, Fabio, Sean Davis, Wikelman Carmona (Dru Yearwood 71’), Caden Clark (Frankie Amaya 71’), Cristian Cásseres Jr., Patryk Klimala (Tom Barlow 62’)
Bench: Ryan Meara, Sean Nealis, Florian Valot, Jason Pendant, Omir Fernandez
Stats: Shots 23, Shots on Goal 4, Saves 2, Corners 7, Offside 1, Fouls 13, Possession 51.1%, Passes 397 (78.3%)
NYRB – Amro Tarek (caution) 23’
CIN – Allan Cruz (caution) 32’
CIN – Alvaro Barreal (caution) 70’
CIN – Yuya Kubo (caution) 77’
NYRB – Dru Yearwood (caution) 88’
Referee: Jon Freemon*
Ast. Referees: Jason White, Corey Rockwell
4th official: Alyssa Nichols
VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
AVAR: *Brian Dunn
Weather: 72 degrees and clear
- Head Coach Jaap Stam deployed the same Starting XI Wednesday as he did in the 0-0 draw with D.C. United last Saturday.
- FC Cincinnati are 2-3-1 all-time against New York Red Bulls … FCC are 2-0-1 in the past three matches.
- Goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer’s 213-minute scoreless streak is the fifth-longest in club history … Spencer Richey holds the club record at 312 scoreless minutes from March 10-30, 2019.
- FCC’s 12 road points this season matches the club record from 2019 in points earned on the road.
- Ronald Matarrita made his 99th career MLS start Wednesday.
- FC Cincinnati are an undefeated 1-0-2 on Wednesday this season.
FC Cincinnati Head Coach Jaap Stam
On the defensive effort
“I think we defended very well because we didn’t concede, it’s a very positive thing. Sometimes, you can’t always defend in a very modern way, a very nice way. Sometimes you need to have a little bit of luck. Sometimes you need to dig in. We are very happy with how the team performed and how they defended. Because I think getting a clean sheet is a very good result and a very important one as well.”
On the takeaway from the result
“It’s not always easy to score goals. Last weekend we had several opportunities to score. Yeah, you don’t score, but a couple of weeks ago we scored a lot of goals against Montreal. We scored four, but we conceded five and you still have no points. Now we don’t score, and we have one point. You can take it from a different perspective and say that is very positive.”
FC Cincinnati Defender Geoff Cameron
On the team’s outlook
“We have the ability to [make the playoffs]. We had a bad showing against Nashville, but we bounced back and got a few results after that. It showed that obviously throughout a season you want to be consistent. Consistency is key, and you want to keep progressing in the right direction. I think our aim should be, 100%, playoffs. I think that is obviously our main goal. You have to have baby steps; you have to have small goals to get to that ultimate goal. The key is getting three points, and it’s up from there. That should be the mentality of everyone in the dressing room, and for everybody on the pitch, to keep fighting, to get into the playoffs. Our fans deserve it back in Cincinnati.”
FC Cincinnati Goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer
On the defense
“For me, for the defense, we always want to get the clean sheet. For me, personally, it’s always good to be important to the team. Allan made an incredible save as well, I should thank him for that one.”
On the result
“I think we are growing as a team, as a group. We are getting on the same page. We want more, not only tying games. We need to work hard, get ready for the next game, and try to win that game. We want a win, and it’s about time to get that next win, especially at home.”