FC Cincinnati dropped a 1-0 result Saturday night to Orlando City SC in front of a sellout crowd of 25,513 at TQL Stadium.
FCC fell to 17-4-6 (57 points) with the club’s first MLS home loss since October 1, 2022. Orlando improved to 13-6-8 (47 points).
Cincinnati will head into the international break with a 10-point lead in the Supporters’ Shield standings over three clubs level on 47 points (St. Louis CITY SC, New England Revolution, Orlando City SC).
Orlando City’s leading goal scorer Facundo Torres notched his 11th of the season in the 44th minute to give the visitors their lone goal of the night. Ramiro Enrique, who came on as a first-half substitute for injured Duncan McGuire, assisted on the goal, pushing his attacking move to the Cincinnati end line and finding Torres in the middle of the box where the forward collected and finished.
The Orange and Blue were shutout at home for the first time since the 2022 home opener, a 1-0 loss to D.C. United on March 5, 2022.
FC CINCINNATI GAME REPORT
FC Cincinnati vs Orlando City SC
Date: September 2, 2023
Competition: MLS Regular Season
Venue: TQL Stadium
Attendance: 25,513 (sellout)
Kickoff: 7:39 p.m. ET
Weather: 84 degrees, clear
SCORING SUMMARY: 1-2-FT
CIN – None
ORL – Facundo Torres (Enrique) 44'
• Saturday marked the 13th sellout of TQL Stadium this season … the 12th in 14 MLS matches this season, the 13th in 21 home matches across all competitions.
• Luciano Acosta made his 100th career appearance for FC Cincinnati, the fifth player in club history to reach 100 games played for the club (Hagglund, Vazquez, Barreal, Kubo).
• FC Cincinnati were shutout at home for the first time since March 5, 2022 vs. D.C. United (1-0 loss).
• Saturday marked the 14th time since the start of the 2022 season that FC Cincinnati played on two-days rest … Under Pat Noonan, FCC are now 9-2-3 when playing a game just three days following another.
CIN: Roman Celentano, Álvaro Barreal, Ian Murphy (Yerson Mosquera 46’), Matt Miazga, Nick Hagglund (Bret Halsey 70’), Santiago Arias, Obinna Nwobodo, Junior Moreno (Marco Angulo 83’), Luciano Acosta (C), Sergio Santos (Aaron Boupendza 57’), Brandon Vazquez (Yuya Kubo 70’)
Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, Alvas Powell, Malik Pinto, Ray Gaddis
Head Coach: Pat Noonan
ORL: Pedro Gallese, Rafael Santos (Michael Halliday 82’), Robin Jansson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Dagur Thorhallsson (Kyle Smith 82’), Cesar Araujo, Mauricio Pereyra (C) (Martin Ojeda 67’), Wilder Cartagena, Ivan Angulo, Duncan McGuire (Ramiro Enrique 33’), Facundo Torres (Junior Urso 82’)
Substitutes not used: Mason Stajduhar, Felipe Martins, Jack Lynn, Abdi Salim
Head Coach: Óscar Pareja
STATS SUMMARY: CIN/ORL
Shots: 13 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 9
Offside: 1 / 1
Possession: 56.7 / 43.3
ORL – Rafael Santos (Yellow Card) 13’
ORL – Dagur Thorhallsson (Yellow Card) 41’
CIN – Luciano Acosta (Yellow Card) 44’
ORL – Cesar Araujo (Yellow Card) 55’
CIN – Aaron Boupendza (Yellow Card) 90+4’
ORL – Junior Urso (Yellow Card) 90+5’
ORL – Wilder Cartagena (Red Card) 90+5’
ORL – Pedro Gallese (Yellow Card) 90+11’
Referee: Drew Fischer
Ast. Referees: Jose Da Silva, Ben Pilgrim
Fourth Official: Chris Ruska
VAR: David Barrie
AVAR: TJ Zablocki