NASHVILLE, Tenn. – FC Cincinnati posted its fourth shutout in its last six league games as the Orange and Blue played to a 0-0 draw against host Nashville SC in front of 18,228 fans at Nissan Stadium on Saturday night.
Despite a pair of Emmanuel Ledesma chances in the 29th minute, Nashville (7-3-6, 27 pts.) had the edge in possession and attack in the first half, leading to a 13-5 edge in shots in the opening 45 minutes.
In the second half, FC Cincinnati (10-3-5, 35 pts.) adjusted its formation and gained the better of play – including several chances late in the final minutes of the game – but were unable to break through late.
Evan Newton stopped all three shots on target for his sixth shutout of the season – and the team’s seventh of the year – while Nashville’s Matt Pickens also stopped all three FCC shots on target for his ninth clean sheet of the season.
FC Cincinnati will play its next six USL games – and seven games overall – at Nippert Stadium between July 14 and August 18. First up, on Saturday, July 14, the Orange and Blue will host the Tampa Bay Rowdies at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on WSTR 64, carried live on ESPN 1530 and streamed live on ESPN+.
In the middle of the homestand, FCC will also host an international friendly against La Liga’s RCD Espanyol on Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for all games – including the international friendly – are available at www.fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-KICK (5425).
FC Cincinnati 0, Nashville SC 0
Nissan Stadium | Nashville, Tenn.
Saturday, July 7, 2018
FC Cincinnati: Evan Newton, Blake Smith, Forrest Lasso, Dekel Keinan ©, Justin Hoyte, Michael Lahoud, Kenney Walker, Corben Bone (Russell Cicerone 82’), Nazmi Albadawi, Emmanuel Ledesma (Jimmy McLaughlin 73’), Danni König (Emery Welshman 78’)
Bench: Spencer Richey, Will Seymore, Matt Bahner, Paddy Barrett
STATS: Shots 11, Shots on Goal 3, Fouls 9, Offsides 4, Corners 5, Saves 3, Possession 41.0%
Nashville SC: Matt Pickens, Justin Davis, Liam Doyle, Bradley Bourgeois (London Woodberry 53’), Kosuke Kimura, Matt LaGrassa (Ish Jome 79’), Michael Reed, Bolu Akinyode, Alan Winn (Taylor Washington 72’), Brandon Allan, Lebo Moloto
Bench: Micah Bledsoe, Ropapa Mensah, Ryan James, Tucker Hume
STATS: Shots 20, Shots on Goal 3, Fouls 8, Offsides 1, Corners 4, Saves 3, Possession 59.0%
NAS – Lebo Moloto (caution) 15’
CIN – Dekel Keinan (caution) 17’
Referee: Lorant Varga
Weather: 84 degrees, clear
FCC Head Coach Alan Koch
“Positive result, playing against a good Nashville team at their place in a very, very tough environment. We’re glad to take the point. We weren’t good in the first 45 minutes. They were clearly the better team. We had to adjust a few things tactically at halftime and I think it became an even game in the second half. Then we started to get going, feeling a little more confident about things and created quite a few chances in the last five to 10 minutes.”
“We said to the guys that we were going to make a tactical change at halftime, which is what we had to do to adjust things. But more than that tactical change, it boils down to your workrate, your enthusiasm and how you actually go about and play. So the application in the last 45 (minutes) was a lot better. We had to make the tactical change, but I don’t think that was the change in, ‘OK, let’s embrace this. It’s not going to be easy. It’s a tough place to play. They’re playing well. Let’s step up to the plate.’”