Coming off a massive victory over Toronto FC, the first in TQL Stadium history, FC Cincinnati aim to keep the momentum rolling in a road trip to face Atlanta United. The Orange and Blue’s 2-0 triumph in front of a home crowd secured a massive three points. With 12 matches remaining this season, FC Cincinnati look to build on that momentum to string together some positive results and climb a crowded Eastern Conference table.
HOW TO WATCH:
Local TV: Star64
Local Stream: fccincinnati.com
Out of Market: ESPN+
Radio: Fox Sports AM 1360
Talent: Tom Gelehrter (play-by-play), Kevin McCloskey (analyst), Alex Stec (sideline)
Be sure to follow @FCCincinnati on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live updates from the match.
SCOUTING ATLANTA UNITED FC (7-7-9 – 30 pts – 8th, Eastern Conference)
Wednesday will be the second of three matches between these two squads this season. The first match came at TQL Stadium back on July 21, with Luciano Acosta’s 61’ goal being cancelled out by Ronald Hernandez’s finish in the 70’. Atlanta will return to TQL Stadium for the season finale on Nov. 7.
Marcelino Moreno leads the Five Stripes with seven goals this season and is tied for second on the team with four assists (Brooks Lennon – five). Brad Guzan has kept six clean sheets in his 18 appearances in net this season.
STORYLINES TO WATCH
Yuya Leads MLS – After a strong outing Saturday against Toronto, Yuya Kubo leads all Major League Soccer players in successful tackles at 42. Chasing him are Portland’s Claudio Bravo with 41 and San Jose’s Judson with 40.
All About Acosta –On Monday, Luciano Acosta earned his fifth MLS Team of the Week honor of the season, the 11th such honor for an FC Cincinnati player/head coach Jaap Stam this season. Acosta, FCC’s all-time leader in assists in a career and a season, tallied two on Saturday vs. Toronto, which made him the second player in club history with two assists in a match (Emmanuel Ledesma - 2 vs. HOU, July 6, 2019).
Meanwhile, Atlanta should watch out for Acosta scoring. Lucho’s six career goals against ATL is his most against any opponent (3 vs. both New England and Orlando).
Atlanta Connections– Brandon Vázquez made 32 appearances for Atlanta, earning seven starts with the club between 2017-19. He scored three goals and recorded two assists and was part of the MLS Cup winners in 2018. Defender Edgar Castillo made four appearances and earned one start in 2020 with Atlanta. And Yuya Kubo scored his first career goal with FCC against Atlanta United on March 7, 2020.