CHESTER, Pa. – FC Cincinnati fell to the Philadelphia Union, 3-0, at Subaru Park on Wednesday night. While the two sides were scoreless through 45 minutes, the Philadelphia Union (9-3-4, 31 pts.) scored three second-half goals to register all three points at Subaru Park for a fifth consecutive home match.
Ilsinho opened the scoring in the 59th minute shortly after entering the match. The Union’s Alejandro Bedoya and Jack Elliott added goals in the 73rd and 80th minutes, respectively.
FC Cincinnati (3-9-4, 13 pts.) nearly tallied prior to halftime when Joseph-Claude Gyau’s volleyed effort required an acrobatic save from Philadelphia goalkeeper Andre Blake. Zico Bailey and Alvaro Barreal made their FC Cincinnati and MLS debuts in tonight’s match.
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Philadelphia Union 3, FC Cincinnati 0
Subaru Park | Chester, Pa.
October 7, 2020
PHI – Ilsinho (unassisted) 59’
PHI – Alejandro Bedoya (Brenden Aaronson) 73’
PHI – Jack Elliot (Jamiro Monteiro) 80’
FC Cincinnati: Przemysław Tytoń, Mathieu Deplagne, Kendall Waston ©, Maikel van der Werff, Greg Garza (Zico Bailey 30’), Haris Medunjanin, Frankie Amaya (Alvaro Barreal 62’), Allan Cruz (Kamohelo Mokotjo 62’), Joseph-Claude Gyau, Jürgen Locadia (Brandon Vazquez 76’), Yuya Kubo
Bench: Bobby Edwards, Spencer Richey, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Caleb Stanko
Stats: Shots 11, Shots on goal 3, Saves 3, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 1, Fouls 14, Possession 57.1%, Passes 475 (88.2%)
Philadelphia Union: Andre Blake, Mark McKenzie, Jakob Glesnes (Jack Elliott HT’), Olivier Mbaizo, Kai Wagner (Matt Real 85’), Jamiro Monteiro, Alejandro Bedoya © (Andrew Wooten 85’), Anthony Fontana (Ilsinho 53’), Brenden Aaronson, Sergio Santos (Warren Creavalle 73’), Kacper Przybylko
Bench: Joe Bendik, Michee Ngalina, Matej Oravec, Aurelien Collin
Stats: Shots 16, Shots on goal 6, Saves 3, Corner kicks 11, Offsides 2, Fouls 16, Possession 42.9%, Passes 343 (82%)
PHI – Alejandro Bedoya (caution) 40’
PHI – Mark McKenzie (caution) 66’
PHI – Olivier Mbaizo (caution) 90’+3’
Referee: Jon Freemon
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, Eric Weisbrod
4th Official: Robert Sibiga
VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr.
Weather: 70 degrees and clear
- With tonight’s loss, the Orange and Blue are now 3-9-4 through 16 MLS matches … FCC are now 1-8-0 in matches played in road venues … FC Cincinnati’s all-time, all-competition record against the Philadelphia Union moves to 0-3-1 … The Orange and Blue are now 3-8-4 against Eastern Conference opponents this season
- Zico Bailey made his FCC and MLS debut in the 29th minute of tonight’s match … Bailey replaced Greg Garza who exited the match with an injury.
- Zico Bailey made his MLS debut in the 30th minute … the defender replaced Greg Garza in the first half after Garza left the match with an injury … Bailey had been in the matchday roster for 11 of the previous 13 regular-season matches
- Alvaro Barreal made his MLS debut in the 62nd minute … Barreal replaced Frankie Amaya in the second half … FC Cincinnati officially acquired Barreal on Sept. 2 … tonight marked the first time Barreal was named to FCC’s matchday roster
- Head coach Jaap Stam did not make a change to the club’s most recent match at Minnesota United FC on Oct. 3 … It is the second time this season the Orange and Blue have maintained the same Starting XI across all competitions … FCC utilized the same starting lineup in consecutive MLS is Back Tournament contests – against the New York Red Bulls on July 22 and against the Portland Timbers on July 28 … it is the first time the Orange and Blue used the same Starting XI in back-to-back MLS regular-season matches this season
- Siem de Jong, Andrew Gutman and Jimmy McLaughlin were excluded from the matchday roster because of injuries
FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam
On tonight’s match
“Again, giving the late goals for free, which makes it very hard to win games. If you see how we play, and I must give the team a compliment for the majority of the game, keeping possession and holding possession. Opposition having it very difficult to handle how we play going forward. First half, (Przemysław) Tytoń having a very good save, but still self-creating opportunities as well and getting close to goal. The only thing is very important, to make the right decision in the final third. We don’t score in the second half. You want to keep on continuing doing like this. You still have the opportunities, because they’re still not pressing, so they give us time on the ball. Only thing is that we need to make the right choices in playing it. First goal, it happens because the cross, it goes clear and they bring it back out to the box. Then number 11 (Ilsinho) is totally free to hit it. Then the deflection and it goes in. I think the second goal we give it away ourselves, and the third one as well. I don’t know if the second or the third one is a set-piece, but we can never allow that to fall in. So, I am happy with how we played the majority of the time. After three-nil, it’s difficult, and then the opposition gets a bit of the ball. It looks like they're playing, but it already happened because we were debating on the goals that we conceded ourselves. And if you want to, if you want to get results, if you want to get points or if you want to get three points, you need to take your opportunities. You don't need to give away opportunities like that, so the opposition can score from that. So, all in all, in a way you can say yeah, good having a lot of possession going forward at times as well. Not decisive enough and defensively and conceding goals. We need to do that better. And it's not only the defenders it's a whole team that needs to work hard to do that.
On how disappointing it is to concede via a deflection
“No, it's very disappointing. But that's, that's the moment that we are in now, and we need to mark the guy on the edge of the box better as well so he cannot have a shot free. And we need to have a look back at the situation. But that's the situation you don't want to create for yourself, to have the opponent for you on the edge of the box where you can have a shot. And then, of course, the ball goes in by a deflection and that makes it harsh as well. You know, but that's in a situation where we're in now. And I think sometimes by getting out there you need to give everything. You need to try to avoid situations like that. And that makes it hard after, like you're saying, an hour of working hard, having good football as well. And then you go down again, then you need to get back into the game. That’s at times what makes it more difficult as well.
On Zico Bailey’s performance
“Well, I think it's very good of Zico (Bailey), but he deserved it as well. It's not that we bring them in to see or how he was going to respond because in the training session Zico has done very well. As always, you need to wait and he needs to wait for the right moment to happen so that we can use him. Greg (Garza) came up with an injury and we could have brought somebody else in as well but Zico has done very well since he's been with the first team in the training sessions. He can handle that situation and I think if you look at him how he played the game and how he managed himself, I think he's done very well.”
FC Cincinnati midfielder Alvaro Barreal
On his MLS debut
“Me sentí muy cómodo cuando entré. No fue el debut esperado. Me hubiera gustado que el debut fuera con victoria, pero lo lindo es que volví a jugar después de un tiempo. Este es el comienzo.”
“I felt very comfortable when I entered. It wasn’t the debut I hoped for. I would’ve liked to debut with a victory, but the nice thing is that I was back on the pitch after a long time. This is just the beginning.”
On whether he was nervous entering the match
“Bueno, no me sentí nervioso. Creo que los compañeros, desde el primer momento, me dieron tranquilidad y confianza. Yo pude entrar y estar tranquilo, pese a que siento que me falta un poco de ritmo. Con el pasar de los partidos lo voy a venir agarrando. El equipo me dio mucha confianza y por eso pude entrar tranquilo.”
“Well, I wasn’t nervous. I think my teammates, from the get-go, gave me a sense of calmness and trust. I was able to enter the match calm, although I was missing rhythm. As games go on, I will get it back. The team gave me a lot of trust and that is why I was able to enter the game calmly.”
On what he can contribute to the team
“Si, llegue un poco tarde al equipo en la temporada. Vengo a dar lo máximo en donde me toque jugar, tratar de dar lo mejor de mi, que es en el ataque. Hoy, no se dio. No pude concretar ninguna jugada, pero este es el comienzo. Vamos a seguir luchando.”
“Yes, I arrived on the team late in the season. I am here to give it my all wherever they play me. I will give it my best, which is in the attack. Today, I wasn’t successful. I wasn’t able to capitalize in any play, but this is just the start. We will continue fighting.”
FC Cincinnati defender Zico Bailey
On how it felt to make his FCC and MLS debut
“Enjoyable, obviously. It’s been a weird year, so I'm thankful to the coach to everyone at the club for giving me a chance to play in a game.”
On if playing in Major League soccer was what he expected
“Yes, it was. It was very physical. It’s playing against men now, it's no more against kids my age. So, the level was definitely high.”
On the instruction he received prior to entering the match
“It was just ‘be confident.’ We've been training for stuff like this the whole season and it was mostly just the confidence. They know I have quality, so just go out and work my best.”
FC Cincinnati defender Maikel van der Werff
On tonight’s match
“Of course, not the result we want. I think first off, we played really well -- created some opportunities and chances. We had a good possession game, we controlled the game, I think we press really good. They didn't know what to do when they had the ball. So, we did everything pretty well. And then after the first goal we get against, it didn't work out pretty well for us. But we kept fighting, I think. And then the second goal came and then yeah, it was over. I don't know. The difference between the first half and the second half is too big.”
On if it was disappointing on how the first goal was scored
“Well, it's part of the game. Especially when you're on the bottom of the table. The hits you get, they come faster and harder. Especially with this moment. A goal like this, I think when you're leading, when you're on the top of the table, you don't concede these goals. It's really unlucky. But, that's how it works and that's how it is. If you get a goal against you have to go again and keep going. We tried and yeah, it didn't work out.”
On the performance of Zico Bailey
“I'm really happy for Zico. His first minutes in the team, in the League which is something to be proud of as a player and as a person. I'm happy for him and he did pretty well. He played a good game and he showed he's ready. He's ready for the team.”
On if results affect the team’s commitment to its current style of play
“The system is working fine. Like I said, we did really good in the first half, in the first hour, maybe. The press was good, we took a lot of balls, we won duels, the opponent didn't know what to do. When you get a goal against like that it’s like ‘Okay, shit, there we go again.’ Sorry for my words, but that’s how it is. I think the first really good chance they had was the two-nil. He scores, it’s a good shot and it goes in. One chance, one goal and you’re two-nil behind. That’s what makes it hard for your mentality, but the fight in the team and the way we play in press is good and is still good. Of course, it’s disappointing when you lose three-nil on the road against a team. Okay, they won, I respect that. But, it’s not a really good team. I think we are better and we can do better.”