SUMMARY | FC Cincinnati scores a point on the road against the Philadelphia Union with a 1-1 draw
FC Cincinnati and the Philadelphia Union met to a 1-1 draw at Subaru Park on Saturday night. The hosts took the lead through captain Alejandro Bedoya after 17 minutes, but a diving header from Brandon Vazquez leveled the game in the 40th minute. The remaining 50 minutes were full of chances for both sides, but the game would end 1-1.
Vazquez scored his eighth goal of the season, tying Sebastian Driussi (ATX) for second in the league behind Jesús Ferreira (DAL) and Jeremy Ebobisse (SJ). Tyler Blackett provided the assist on Vazquez’s goal, his first since joining FC Cincinnati last summer.
The Orange and Blue will return home on Friday June 24 for the first time in over a month to face Orlando City SC. Kick-off from TQL Stadium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and the game can be watched on Star64, streamed in-market on fccincinnati.com, out-of-market on ESPN+ and listened to on the radio on ESPN 1530.
FC CINCINNATI MATCH REPORT
FC Cincinnati at Philadelphia Union
Date: June 18, 2022
Competition: MLS Regular Season
Venue: Subaru ParkPresence: 18,717*
To start up:* 7:38 p.m. ET
Time: 67º, clear
RATING SUMMARY: 1-2-F
PHI: 1-0-1PIN: 1-0-1
PHI- Alejandro Bedoya (Julian Carranza) 17′
CIN- Brandon Vazquez (Tyler Blackett) 39′
PIN: Roman Celentano, Nick Hagglund, Geoff Cameron (Ian Murphy 74′), Tyler Blackett, John Nelson, Ray Gaddis, Obinna Nwobodo, Haris Medunjanin (Allan Cruz 86′), Álvaro Barreal (Luciano Acosta 77′), Brandon Vazquez, Brenner ( Dominique Badji 77′)
Substitutes not used: Kenneth Vermeer, Zico Bailey, Nick Markanich, Harrison Robledo, Alvas Powell
PHI: Andre Blake, Nathan Harriel, Jakob Glesnes, Jack Elliot, Kai Wagner, José Martínez, Alejandro Bedoya (C), Leon Flech (Matt Real 85′), Dániel Gazdag, Julián Carranza (Christopher Donovan 85′), Mikael Uhre (Cory Burke 63′)
Substitutes not used: Matthew Freese, Joe Bendik, Jesus Bueno, Stuart Findlay, Olivier Mbaizo, Cole Turner
STATISTICAL SUMMARY: PHI/CIN
Strokes: 13 / 17Shoot to the net: 5 / 5Checked in : 4 / 4Corner kicks: 3 / 8Faults: 10 / 12Off-side : 3 / 2Possession: 45% / 55%
SUMMARY OF MISCONDUCT
CIN – Obinna Nwobodo (Yellow Card) 55′
CIN – Haris Medunjanin (Yellow Card) 57′
CIN – Nick Hagglund (Yellow Card) 62′
PHI – Cory Burke (Yellow Card) 64′
CIN – John Nelson (Yellow Card) 68′
Arbitrator: Tim Ford
ast. Referees: Jeremy Kieso, Jeffrey Swartzel
Fourth official: Jeremy Scher
VAR: Sorin Stoica
AVA: Ian McKay
FC Cincinnati Head Coach Pat Noonan
On the result
“I thought it was a good point for us. I was really happy with the first 45 minutes, despite a goal where we could have done a bit better to finish this game and prevent the goal. We found a good rhythm after conceded. I thought it was important to even the score before half-time with the way we were playing. In the second half, there were still some good things. I think our third final game was a bit off in decision making and how we were able to get into the box I thought a lot of it was an extended service where we could have been a bit more patient. see the game, 1-1, I think that’s fair. They had a few good chances with some guys there towards the end where we could do a better job of marking in the box. But I’m happy with the group coming out of the break and his performance.
On the performance and how it went
“Based on what preceded those chances, I think there were times when maybe we could have found the next goal, our second goal and taken a lead. But certainly, late in the game, how do you do on the road, how do you defend the box, where we don’t concede looks like this because these could have very easily been converted They do a good job of pushing the numbers and getting their forwards running on your back line, in front of goal. So you have to be very aware of those late runs and those balls that are either knockdowns or balls that are cut. And those are some times where we could have done better.
On the goal of Alejandro Bedoya
“I have to look back, we can finish the game earlier. I know Tyler was trying to protect him, protect the abuser. I didn’t watch well and didn’t see a replay to be honest. So maybe just clean it up and see if we can just live to fight another day. But once the play continues, how to prevent Ale [Bedoya] to come inside like that where he does a good job of using defenders as a shield to find the back post. He hits well, there’s nothing more we can do. But we can definitely be better at closing that space, so he can’t get shot.
On getting results against good clubs, and whether he feels good about the club’s situation
“I do. We’ve had enough sample size with this group to believe we can get results in these games no matter how we play. I thought it was one of our best performance for probably 60 minutes. But they believe they can get the result, otherwise it wouldn’t have happened, because we were one goal down on the road against a good team. But we found a way to get there come back. And you come into half-time with some thoughts on what you can continue to do to be successful and some of the areas of concern. I think the group, regardless of who we’re playing against, certainly believe that we’re capable to get results. Do we understand the difficulty? Of course, but we’ve done it enough now against good teams to understand that it can be a constant.
Returning to Subaru Park
” It was great. It was nice to just be back in the building. It was a little different going in, but it was nice to see some familiar faces. People for whom I have a lot of respect and with whom I have good relations throughout the club. So that part was fun. It was nice to stand on the other side of Jim and watch our teams compete. I think both would say it was overall a pleasant experience. The result I think certainly helps them, but I enjoyed watching our guys play today, I thought they were very good.
On style of play and possession
“Well, I wish I could say we looked like that for several weeks. But I think the longer break allowed us to prepare for our opponent so that we could work on things again and again to try. to come up with ideas of how we could be successful. But the one area leading up to the break that we struggled with was our quality on the ball, our spacing, how well we were able to play under pressure, and then how we were able to attack after breaking the pressure. And I thought our first 45 were probably as good as any we’ve seen in this group this year, against a team that knows how to put pressure on the ball. And so I was very happy with it. But I think it was just the spacing, it was how we found the game changes, whether it was in the middle, whether it was around, I thought it was going to be important for us inch to play higher up the field. But then it was also how we could play centrally from those wide channels so we could pressure them and not rely on a wide serve over and over again. So thanks to the players for having the composure to move the ball in certain ways to allow us to play in their own half.
On Brandon Vazquez’ goal and the kick he took in the face
“Very brave, as you said. He did well. No problem there. I thought that was probably his strongest game overall. He faded a bit at the end, but he still does a good job of creating that chance at the end that I think Elliott is blocking on. But I thought about his heist, I thought about his ability to spin and keep us going [was very good]. We talked about it a lot during the break. It’s important, against a team that presses well, against a team that will play fast forward and cause problems. It’s important for our forwards to secure the ball and allow us to move our lines, and he did a very good job most of the time throughout the game, so very happy with his performance.
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