FC Cincinnati lost 1-0 to visiting Orlando City SC Saturday night in front of 22,488 fans at TQL Stadium.
The lone goal was scored by Junior Urso on a long-distance strike in the 13th minute, with Ruan earning the assist.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) checked for a possible penalty in the box in second half stoppage time which would have awarded a PK to FC Cincinnati, but after review, no foul was committed.
FC Cincinnati conclude a four-match homestand at TQL Stadium with a short turnaround Wednesday, October 20 against Chicago Fire FC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on WSTR 64, streamed regionally on fccincinnati.com/stream, out of market on ESPN+, on radio on Fox Sports AM 1360 while an audio stream will be available via the iHeartRadio app.
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FC CINCINNATI MATCH REPORT
FC Cincinnati vs Orlando City SC
Date: October 16, 2021
Competition: MLS Regular Season
Venue: TQL Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio
Kickoff: 7:38 p.m. ET
Weather: 56 degrees, clear
CIN: *Przemyslaw Tyton, Nick Hagglund, Geoff Cameron, Tyler Blackett, Zico Bailey (Joseph-Claude Gyau 81’), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Calvin Harris 81’), Haris Medunjanin (Kyle Scott 76’), Álvaro Barreal (Brandon Vázquez 87’), Luciano Acosta (c), Isaac Atanga (Allan Cruz 46’), Brenner
Substitutes not used: Kenneth Vermeer, Caleb Stanko, Chris Duvall, Arquimides Ordonez
Interim Head Coach: Tyrone Marshall
ORL: Pedro Gallese, Robin Jansson, Antonio Carlos, Emmanuel Mas, Ruan, Daryl Dike (Tesho Akindele 71’), Andres Perea (Oriol Rosell 83’), Junior Urso, Christopher Mueller (Benji Michel 71’), Mauricio Pereyra (Rodrigo Schlegel 90’), Nani (c) (Silvester van der Water 83’)
Substitutes not used: Alexandre Pato, Sebastian Mendez, Mason Stajduhar, Kyle Smith
Head coach: Óscar Pareja
Stats Summary: CIN / ORL
Shots: 9 / 18
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 14
Offside: 1 / 2
Possession: 52.4 / 47.6
ORL – Antonio Carlos (caution) 66’
ORL – Andres Perea (caution) 74’
CIN – Zico Bailey (caution) 80’
CIN – Geoff Cameron (caution) 86’
Referee: Marcos DeOliveira
Ast. Referees: Andrew Bigelow, Jason White
Fourth official: Thomas Snyder
VAR: Fotis Bazakos
AVAR: Jeffrey Swartzel
- Kyle Scott made his MLS debut … Scott was signed August 31 of this season.
- Joseph-Claude Gyau returned to action for the first time since August 7, also against Orlando City SC at TQL Stadium.
- Kamohelo Mokotjo made his 10th career start with FC Cincinnati, his first since May 1 of this season at Orlando.
- The starting temperature of 56 degrees made Saturday the coldest match this season for the Orange and Blue.
- Edgar Castillo was unavailable for selection as he served a one-match suspension due to yellow card accumulation … Yuya Kubo (ankle), Gustavo Vallecilla (hamstring) and Rónald Matarrita, who just spent time with the Costa Rican National Team, were all unavailable for selection.
AS IT HAPPENED
- 13’ – ORLANDO CITY SC GOAL | Junior Urso’s impressive shot from long distance curls into the bottom right corner of the next, past a diving Przemyslaw Tyton for the goal.
- 24’ – FC Cincinnati Shot On Goal | After a deflection on a corner kick, the ball finds Geoff Cameron for a point blank reaction shot on net which is kick saved by Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
- 45’ – Orlando City SC Shot On Goal | Przemyslaw Tyton makes a leaping save pushing a shot on goal from Mauricio Pereyra over the net.
- 67’ – FC Cincinnati Shot On Goal | Luciano Acosta sends in a free kick which Tyler Blackett gets a foot to, but not enough power to test the Orlando keeper Gallese.
- 77’ – Orlando City SC Shot On Goal | Przemyslaw Tyton saves a point blank shot from Benji Michel inside the 18-yard box, and Nick Hagglund clears the rebound to keep the scoreline in tact.
FC Cincinnati Interim Head Coach Tyrone Marshall
On the match
“I thought the game plan coming in was great, and it was based off what we worked on all week. Obviously Orlando hadn’t played in a while; I think the first goal kind of took a little wind out of our sail a bit but our response was very good. The first half I thought we finished on our front foot, we had some opportunities, we just need to be a little bit more aggressive in front of the goal. We missed that opportunity with Geoff in the box, that could have been 1-1 and we would’ve been looking at a different game second half. The energy the second half, I thought they came out on the front foot again, pushing. The energy was so much better than previous games. It comes down to putting away our chances.”
“They’re trying to keep improving, we just need to be a little more clinical in the final third. Moving into Wednesday, we’ll make some adjustments and see who is healthy and who can help us. [Ronald] Matarrita gets back from international duty now, so we have some more guys coming back from suspension, so hopefully we can have some fresh legs that can inject some life and energy into the attacking third; but overall defensively I thought we were decent tonight. We kept our compact block and we looked good at times. They didn’t break us down as much. Obviously they had some opportunities, I thought Tyton came out big for us. Great opportunity tonight to get 3 points, didn’t happen but we keep moving and we’ll look to Chicago on Wednesday.”
On the mentality
“The boys, everyday they come into work. They’re in a really tough situation, going through a coaching change, having a new staff come in and try to implement some ideas to get their minds back to where they need to be in terms of their focus; it's a tough task. They’re trying everyday, they’re coming out on the pitch and putting the work in. Like you saw tonight, the ball could have bounced either way and we walk out of here with three points or even one point. Sometimes when you're in a funk, we tend not to get those calls. The message to the boys is always consistent; keep improving the energy level and that’s what they’ve been doing. Although, we’re not getting the result, but we have to keep plugging away. They’re professionals and the next men up know we talk about rotation and we will see if we can come out with some type of result. I think if we get a result, I think it will continue to motivate them and inject some energy and life into the team. We have a job to do, and our job every day is to come in and try to see if we can improve and get better on the pitch; that’s what we do, we sign our contract and make sure we can go out and perform.”
On the team’s offense
“Anytime you don't score obviously the magnifying glass is on you, if you’re a striker or midfielder, whoever it may be. When the strikers don't score, it's disappointing. Of course they want to score goals and that’s always the message to them; continue to try and create opportunities and try to put balls in the back of the net; and that’s not working out for us right now. That’s our job as a staff is to try and give them ideas and trying to get them to be a little more clinical in the final third. At the end of the day we have to take what the team gives us to defense, sometimes they crowd the box and it's hard to get shots off at times. We're going to keep plugging away and that’s all we can do. We need to see if we can get guys like Acosta, Brenner and Barreal, cleaner opportunities and maybe see if there are other ways we can potentially get chances and goals. We have to get really creative and see what we can do for the boys to get them opportunities to be more efficient and effective in the final third.”
FC Cincinnati midfielder Kyle Scott
On debuting with FC Cincinnati
“Personally, it was brilliant. Obviously, you can see how good the fans are. How supportive they are. It's the first game I've played in probably over a year competitively, so, on a personal note, it's good. we need to start trying to get results, and bring the fans back and keep them wanting to come to the game so that's important.
On his mindset with FC Cincinnati
“I mean, my position is in the middle of the pack so, obviously, the game dictates in the middle of the pack. So for me personally, I need to take control of the games and for once try to get the first goal and I think if we get the first goal then it will change things a lot you know. I think at the moment, we are going behind, and as soon as they score a goal -- it drops a lot. So I think it's important that we stay in the game as long as we can.”
“I thought tonight we were the better team again. I think we had a number of chances and a decision, I haven't seen it, but the decision at the end goes against you, so I feel like the team's been unlucky. With a little luck, I know you ride some luck, and sometimes you get more lucky but from the games I've watched when I've been here it's building up a pattern where we just aren't getting as lucky as some other teams you know. And in football, you need luck, so without luck, sometimes it just keeps going against you; and against you. But like I said, the main thing is, from now until the end of the season, we find a way to win some games, and then we move forward for next season.”
FC Cincinnati midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo
On the team’s effort
“I think the effort was there from our side. I think we could have kept the ball up a bit more and controlled the game. I still feel we need to earn our own luck by taking the chances that we get and taking more control of the game. I think we're just not doing that enough. But the hard work and the effort are there, so that's disappointing. When you don't get a positive result you're always disappointed. That doesn't change.”
On his return to the starting XI
“Yeah, it was my first start in a long time. First start in TQL Stadium. I felt good, I felt comfortable. I enjoyed the support very much. Obviously when you're not playing it's hard. I'm the type of person that always tries to keep myself physically and mentally balanced. I've been doing that. I'm always working hard. It's not up to me to put myself in the first eleven, but I feel like this start was a reward for all the hard work, which I feel I deserved.”