In the team’s 2-2 draw away from the New England Revolution, FC Cincinnati twice came from behind to salvage a point away from home.
The match got off to a slow start as both sides were reluctant to openly attack. The fight was mostly fought in midfield early in the game, save for an run-in or two from either side.
The game became more and more open over time and what was also noticeable in the slow game was Brenner’s energy.
The Brazilian was by far FCC’s best player in the first half for several reasons. He moved back into midfield to help connect the back line and the front line. He was also great at batting when he was on the ball. Playing with his head held high, he made great passes to Brandon Vazquez and Lucho Acosta. He was also in good positions when he wasn’t in possession of the ball, so he could already be in advantageous places for good runs.
As the game progressed, FCC began to see the best chances. They could look good thanks to Brenner, while Acosta had a relatively disappointing first half.
However, FCC left these chances open several times. As it turned out, the team’s centre-backs struggled to keep up in the first half. Their passing game without the standard midfield was worse. They also didn’t seem to communicate well during fast-paced games. FCC looked out of position at times and failed to match players well, particularly in the game that turned out to be the opening goal.
The Revolution struck first in the 30th minute when Dylan Borrero fired a rocket into the net from near the penalty area. That goal certainly went against the flow of play, but it wasn’t surprising either as the FCC back line was anemic for most of the half.
After that goal, the game unfolded as it looked in front of goal, with FCC finally seeing some set pieces that were difficult to land, especially the free kicks. However, one of them, this time a corner, bore fruit. Acosta sent the ball into the front of the box and what initially seemed to hit Vazquez’s head actually hit Henry Kessler’s and went into the net for an own goal and level.
The remaining minutes of half-time were nothing special as both sides seemed ready at the half-time whistle to see what they could come up with.
The second half started similarly to the first, with both sides starting rather slowly.
However, the revolution put more pressure on the FCC than before. Overall, New England did a good job this half, utilizing the entire field and stretching the FCC defense. This was reflected in their wide range of opportunities. One of those chances was a superb header from Gustavo Bou, perfectly placed to go behind Roman Celentano.
After that goal, New England saw even more of the ball and had a few chances to put the game out of reach. But the FCC didn’t let that happen and started putting more pressure on the ball. Unfortunately, Acosta continued his odd performance and had a couple of odd moments, including a terrible free-kick that he tried to flick behind the wall. The idea wasn’t terrible, just the execution.
The FCC continued their attack and saw several promising moments. However, one thing in particular worked in the team’s favour. After a great interception from Allan Cruz, Brenner got the ball and blasted the ball into the goal to end the game 2-2. With this goal, Brenner continues his winning streak of five goals in the past three games.
That goal gave both teams a few more chances, including a great shot from Haris Medunjanin and a few from Revolution. However, neither team found a way to get the ball in goal for a third team, meaning FCC could come back and salvage a point.
match day 18 – New England Revolution vs FC Cincinnati
Result: New England Revolution 2, FC Cincinnati 2.
New England Revolution starting XI:
Djordje Petrović, DeJuan Jones, Andrew Farrell, Henry Kessler (Jon Bell, 46), Brandon Bye, Wilfrid Kaptoum, Maciel (Jozy Altidore, 78), Dylan Borrero (Emmanuel Boateng, 46), Carles Gil (C), Sebastian Lletget (Damian Rivera 69′), Gustavo Bou
Bench: Earl Edwards Jr., AJ De La GarzaOmar Gonzalez, Ryan Spaulding, Arnor Trastason
FC Cincinnati starting XI:
Roman Celentano, John Nelson (Álvaro Barreal 55′), Ian Murphy (Tyler Blackett 87′), Geoff Cameron, Nick Hagglund, Alvas Powell (Ray Gaddis 55′), Allan Cruz, Yuya kubo (Haris Medunjanin (72nd), Luciano Acosta (C), Brenner, Brandon Vazquez (Nick Markanich 87′)
Bench: Kenneth Vermeer, Isaac AtangaZico Bailey, Harrison Robledo
NO – Dylan Borrero 30′ (Letget)
CIN – Henry Kessler – own goal 41′
NE – Gustavo Bou 55′ (Booteng)
CIN – Burner 73′ (Acosta)
NE—Gustavo Bou (yellow card) 38′
CIN – Alvas Powell (yellow card) 44′
CIN – Luciano Acosta (yellow card) 76′
Vs New York Red Bulls, Saturday 9 July 7:30 p.m