FC Cincinnati steals all three points in Minnesota win

FC Cincinnati picked up all three points in the team’s 1-0 matchup against Minnesota United FC thanks to a late winner from Brandon Vazquez.

The match started with almost constant pressure and attack from the Loons. Minnesota continued to pound the final third of the FCC.

In the early stages of the game, however, they never really had a superior goal perspective. The Loons had several set pieces but failed to score, forcing Roman Celentano to make a massive save. That’s how it went for the first 20 minutes.

FCC saw a bit more of the ball from that point on. What was really interesting was that FCC had wonderful views of the goal. The team’s two or three chances that came straight out of that great possession wave in Minnesota were better than anything the Loons could muster.

By this point, the FCC was beginning to possess the ball and get closer to the Minnesota goal. The team had some great chances but couldn’t get past Dayne St. Clair.

After that small moment, Minnesota briefly regained some of its former dominance. The team’s attack was a bit scarier and looked like they could get close to the net. That wasn’t the case, however, as Celentano continued his excellent job of being in the right place at the right time and knowing where he is in goal. This might be his best ability.

The game continued with a little back and forth, both sides created a few chances.

FCC had the best chances of the half, with some that definitely should have scored but didn’t. Cincy needs to get better at the finish if she wants to continue achieving improved results. The team could and should have taken the lead by several goals and went into half time.

The second half actually started out pretty similar to the first half, with the Loons controlling possession and the pace of the game. The Loons started out just like the first ones, with not much bite in their attacks, but they grew into this part of the game.

Lucho Acosta really showed his quality at the beginning of this half as he consistently put excellent balls into the strikers. But the strikers couldn’t do anything with it.

The ensuing 20 minutes really felt like a back and forth between the two sides, both getting very close to goal but neither being able to make the final pass that put them in a perfect position.

Something that might have been forgotten was that Cameron called Noonan about a substitution. Coach replaced him with Calvin Harris, who ended up being a major factor in the match-winner.

FCC really put the pressure on towards the end of the game, one shot in particular was outstanding. Sub Alvaro Barreal got the ball on the left side outside the box and hit it perfectly in the top left corner. However, St. Clair saved the shot beautifully and didn’t let it go into the net. In my opinion, this was the team’s last chance.

A little later, around the 93rd minute, FCC played the ball right up into the penalty area. Acosta picked up the ball and spotted Harris running down the right side of the box. Acosta passed the ball nicely to him. At the same time, Vazquez ran to the center of the box but then doubled back to the near post just as Harris got the ball. Harris placed the ball perfectly for Vazquez to net for the match winner.

Minnesota had a couple of chances after that goal but couldn’t put it to the back of the net. The game ended 1-0 in favor of the FCC.

This game shows the absolute change in mentality of the FCC. Any other version of this team would have folded in the end. However, this one continued to work and actually won him. This match will have long consequences because the team will now believe that if they keep trying, they can win any match. Only this belief counts.

match day 11 – Cincinnati FC vs. Minnesota United FC
Result: Cincinnati FC 1, Minnesota United FC 0.


FC Cincinnati starting XI:

Roman Celentano (GK), John Nelson (Álvaro Barreal 63′), Ian Murphy, Geoff Cameron (Calvin Harris 84′), Nick HagglundZico Bailey (Alvas Powell 46′), Junior Moreno (Haris Medunjanin 76′), Obinna Nwobodo, Luciano Acosta (C), Dominique Badji (Arquimide Ordonez 76′), Brandon Vázquez

Bench: Kenneth Vermeer, Harrison Robledo, Allan Cruz, Nick Markanich

Minnesota United FC starting XI:

Dayne St Clair (GK), bakaye DibassyMichael Boxall, Kemar Lawrence Oneil Fisher, Emanuel Reynoso, Wil Trapp (C) (Joseph Rosales 78′), Kervin Arriaga, Adrian hunou (Franco Fragapane 57′), bongo pit Hlongwane (Niko Hansen 63′), Abu Danladi

Bank: Brent KalmanTyler Miller, Jacori Hayes, DJ Taylor

Review summary:
CIN – Vázquez 90+3′ (Harris)

CIN – Alvas Powell 69′
CIN – Geoff Cameron 73′
CIN – Obinna Nwobodo 87′

Next up:

@ New England Revolution for the US Open Cup, Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m., Gilette Stadium (Foxborough, Massachusetts)

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