TUCSON, Ariz. – FC Cincinnati defeated El Paso Locomotive FC, 1-0, this afternoon at Kino North Stadium. Fatai Alashe’s 81st-minute strike secured the win for the Orange and Blue, while Przemysław Tytoń earned his first shutout of preseason.
Following a scoreless first half, FC Cincinnati made a mass substitution in the 62nd minute, bringing nine new players on the pitch for the remainder of the match. El Paso’s best chance at breaking the deadlock came in the 64th minute, when Tytoń made a key save on Locomotive FC’s Marios Lomis, who got behind the backline and had only the keeper to beat.
FCC scored the lone goal of the match late in the second half, when Alashe capitalized from close range on a deflection from a ball crossed into the box from Tommy McCabe.
Tomorrow, FC Cincinnati will return from a 19-day training trip in Tucson, and will resume their preseason schedule when they travel to Bradenton, Fla. on Monday, Feb. 10. The Orange and Blue are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Union (Feb. 12), Nashville SC (Feb. 16) and KR Reykjavik and Sarasota Metropolis FC (Feb. 21, split-squad games) to close out their preseason slate.
FC Cincinnati will return to the field for their second MLS season on Sunday, March 1, when the team opens the season on the road against the New York Red Bulls. After a road game at Atlanta United FC on Saturday, March 7, FCC will open their 2020 home slate on Saturday, March 14, when the team hosts D.C. United at Nippert Stadium in a 5:30 p.m. game.
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FC Cincinnati 1, El Paso Locomotive FC 0
Kino North Stadium | Tucson, Ariz.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
CIN – Fatai Alashe (unassisted) 81’
FC Cincinnati: Przemysław Tytoń, Mathieu Deplagne (Zico Bailey 62’), Maikel van der Werff (Nick Hagglund 62’), Kendall Waston © (Saad Abdul-Salaam 62’), Greg Garza (Andrew Gutman HT), Haris Medunjanin (Tommy McCabe 62’), Allan Cruz (Caleb Stanko 62’), Frankie Amaya (Fatai Alashe 62’), Joseph-Claude Gyau (Jimmy McLaughlin 62’), Brandon Vazquez (Joris Ahlinvi 62’), Yuya Kubo (Rey Ortiz 62’)
Bench: Bobby Edwards, Spencer Richey, Darren Mattocks
El Paso Locomotive FC (First Half): Logan Keterrer, Bryam Rebellón, Fabrice Fokobo, Chiro N'toko (Trialist #2 31’), Moses Makinde, Distel Zola, Richie Ryan (Drew Beckie 31’), Nick Ross, Alexy Bosetti (Saeed Robinson 31’), Trialist #1 (Trialist #3 31’), Omar Salgado (Marios Lomis 31’)
El Paso Locomotive FC (Second Half): Jermaine Fordah, Bryam Rebellón, Drew Beckie, Chiro N’toko (Guillermo Diaz 62’), Andrew Fox (Moses Makinde 62’), Trialist #1, Richie Ryan (Distel Zola 62’), Nick Ross (Fabrice Fokobo 62’), Alexy Bosetti (Trialist #3 62’), Saeed Robinson, Omar Salgado (Marios Lomis 62’),
ELP – Moses Makinde (caution) 24’
ELP – Distel Zola (caution) 71’
Weather: 46 degrees, mostly cloudy
- Today’s game was FC Cincinnati’s third preseason game of 2020 … FCC are currently 2-1-0 through three preseason contests
- Fatai Alashe is FC Cincinnati’s fourth goalscorer of preseason … Andrew Gutman, Joseph-Claude Gyau and Tommy McCabe have also tallied for FCC through three preseason matches.
- Przemysław Tytoń was the only FCC player to play all 90 minutes in tonight’s contest
- Kekuta Manneh (shoulder/limited participation) and Tom Pettersson (groin/limited participation) were unavailable for today’s match
- The Orange and Blue will resume their preseason schedule next week when they travel to Bradenton, Fla. … FCC are scheduled to play the Philadelphia Union (Feb. 12), Nashville SC (Feb. 16) and KR Reykjavik / Sarasota Metropolis FC (Feb. 21, split-squad games)
FC Cincinnati Head Coach Ron Jans
On the match
“The first half, I was pretty pleased what we created. We were much better. We dominated the game, but we didn’t reward ourselves. It should’ve been two or three-nil. They had no chance in the first half. The second half, I think it was a little more open and after 60 minutes we changed the team. I think the goal we scored with Alashe was a deserved win, but the second half was much more sloppy from both sides. I was satisfied with the first half and now we can go home.”
On if he was satisfied on chances created against El Paso
“Yeah, we created so many chances. I wrote them all down. I think we had 300% chances and maybe eight or nine opportunities to score a goal. And when you don’t score, you do something wrong. Also, in the first and the second game, we are still not efficient enough and we have to work on that and we keep doing that.”
On the preseason trip to Arizona
“Yeah, it was a good trip. We got to know each other, the players. I think we worked very hard, so in two and a half weeks, they got stronger and physically it was good. We did a lot of tactical stuff and now it’s about finishing. We have three more friendly games and then it’s going to New York.”
FC Cincinnati Midfielder Fatai Alashe
On scoring a goal
“It was good. I think it was a good game for the guys, just trying to build more chemistry and stuff like that. Work on our shape and our tactics. Obviously, it was nice for me being able to play 30 minutes and obviously score a goal. It’s always good to see the ball go into the back of the net.”
On if today’s match was a nice conclusion to the preseason trip
“Yeah, I think it’s important not to focus too much on the results in preseason. I think we’re just doing a lot of trying to work on ourselves – obviously you want to win every game you play – but, I think the most important thing is focusing on building and figuring out the way we want to play and executing it.”
On if he feels like the team has come a long way during the first preseason trip
“Yeah, it’s been a long two and a half, almost three weeks, so I think the biggest thing is just trying to build chemistry in the group. Guys are still getting to know each other, building relationships on the field as well as off the field. I think we’ve come a long way and I think we’ll look forward to building more when we get to Florida.”