FC Cincinnati’s inaugural season continues to astound as the team’s 16,127 fans on Wednesday night saw the club set another attendance record. While the crowd was just around the team’s average per game (16,411), it did help the team pass Sacramento for the all time season record, which they set last season. Cincinnati total attendance sits at 164,109 shattering Sacramento’s previous of 158,516. With five games left at home this season, FC Cincy looks to put some distance between them and any other USL club.
While the off the field news was fantastic for the club, the result on the pitch seemed heartbreaking. FCC lost the match 2-1 after leading by a goal for most of the second half.
After a scoreless first half, Jimmy McLaughlin put the Orange and Blue up by one in the 60’ minute with his fifth goal of the season.
One of the achilles heels of the team this season has been giving up late goals. Multiple times this season the club has squandered a lead in the last minutes trading three points for one. Last night took that to another level as they went from attaining a valuable three points against the second best team in the league to gaining zero.
In the 82nd and 86th minute, New York was able to connect on a free kick and header in the box respectively. Both came from defensive lapses. The first saw FCC unable to recognize how New York was lining up resulting in a low ball right into the corner of the net. The second goal came on a New York break. After failing to close on the Red Bull out wide, Falion Valot was able to take his time on a cross and head the ball easily into the net.
FCC started out the second half strong and seemed poised after the McLaughlin goal to show that they are indeed one of the best teams in the USL. However, New York’s goal seemed to take all momentum away from FC Cincinnati. They couldn’t respond.
Hopefully the squad can gear up and recover because a daunting task lies ahead on Saturday as Louisville comes to town. The Eastern Division leaders look to create more distance between them and the East but Cincinnati hopes to put their stamp on the River City Cup rivalry.