SUMMARY | Hagglund and Acosta propel Cincinnati past Charlotte FC

CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati won 2-0 on Saturday night against Charlotte FC in a rainy match at TQL Stadium. It’s Orange et Bleu’s first victory against Charlotte after suffering a 2-0 loss earlier in the season.

Nick Hagglund gave the Orange and Blue the lead with his first goal of the season in the 38th minute of play. Luciano Acosta played the role of supplier by delivering a well-placed corner in the middle of the box. Brandon Vazquez made an early attempt but saw the ball go over his head and into Hagglund who redirected the cross past Kristijan Kahlina.

Acosta continues to set the league pace in terms of assists, notching his 16th of the season and extending his lead over New England’s Carles Gil to three assists.

Charlotte pressed Cincinnati’s goal early in the second half through Brandt Bronico and Kamil Józwiak. Józwiak chose Bronico with a perfect ball and the attacking midfielder found himself behind the Orange and Blue. Álvaro Barreal recovered well and made a long block to deflect Bronico’s shot.

It was one of Charlotte’s best chances of the night in a frustrating performance for the visitors. Charlotte finished the game with fourteen shots, only two on target, and couldn’t capitalize on a strong possession share.

Acosta canceled the game in the 81st minute with his seventh goal of the season. Yuya Kubo played a part in the goal as he pressured a relaxed Nuno Santos on top of the Charlotte box. Kubo’s challenge earned the ball into the path of a slender Acosta who brought home a left-footed effort just inside the eighteen.

The game would end with FC Cincinnati’s fifth clean sheet of the season and move the Orange and Blue past Inter Miami CF and over the playoff line.

It’s a quick turnaround for FC Cincinnati as they prepare for a midweek clash against New York City FC on September 7 at Citi Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. and can be watched on Star64, streamed in-market on fccincinnati.com, out-of-market on ESPN+ and listened to on ESPN 1530.

FC CINCINNATI MATCH REPORT

FC Cincinnati vs. Charlotte FC

Competition: MLS Regular Season

Time: 82 degrees, rain

CIN- Nick Hagglund (Luciano Acosta) 38′, Luciano Acosta (Yuya Kubo) 81′

  • FC Cincinnati is now 1-1-0 all-time against Charlotte
  • With Hagglund’s goal, FC Cincinnati have now seen defenders score in three straight matches. (Miazga @ NYRB, Miazga vs CLB, Hagglund vs CLT)
  • Saturday’s result is FC Cincinnati’s first victory since August 6, when the Orange and Blue beat the Philadelphia Union, earning a three-game draw streak.
  • FC Cincinnati closed out the game and got their 5th clean sheet of the season and the first since Orlando City didn’t score on June 24.
  • Orange and Blue’s goals extend their current scoring streak to seven consecutive games.

PIN: Roman Celentano, Álvaro Barreal (John Nelson, 89′), Matt Miazga, Geoff Cameron, Nick Hagglund, Alvas Powell (Ray Gaddis, 77′), Junior Moreno (Yuya Kubo, 63′), Obinna Nwobodo, Luciano Acosta (C) , Brenner (Sergio Santos, 77′), Brandon Vazquez (Dominique Badji, 89′)

Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, Allan Cruz, Ian Murphy

CLT: Kristijan Kahlina, Anton Walkes, Adilson Malanda, Harrison Afful (Nathan Byrne, 86′), Joseph Mora, Brandt Bronico (C), Ben Bender (Karol Swiderski, 58′), Derrick Jones (Nuno Santos, 68′), Kamil Jówiak , Daniel Rios (André Shinyashiki, 68′), Kerwin Vargas (Yordy Reyna, 86′)

Substitutes not used: George Marks, Christian Fuchs, Jaylin Lindsey, Quinn McNeill

The Head Coach: Christian Lattanzio

Possession: 36.2 / 63.8

CIN – Álvaro Barreal (YELLOW CARD, FOUL) 23′, Luciano Acosta (YELLOW CARD, FOUL) 90+2′

CLT – Benjamin Bender (YELLOW CARD, FOUL) 58′, Yordy Reyna (YELLOW CARD, FOUL) 88′

Arbitrator: Michael Radchuk

ast. Referees: Brian Poeschel, Gjovalin Bori

Fourth official: Calin Radosav

FC Cincinnati Head Coach Pat Noonan

“Definitely an important victory for our group. It wasn’t the prettiest on our side, in terms of ideas with the ball, holding the ball and ability to create. It wasn’t tonight’s game. So even though it wasn’t there, I thought for the most part we defended really solid. The central defenders were excellent. Roman (Celentano) did a good job in goal, and I say centre-backs because they handled a lot of process in the box. They dealt with the runners and in a really smart way. The most important thing was to just walk off the field with three points, no matter what that looked like. It’s a credit to the group. It’s a good response to last weekend, and we had a good week of training which resulted in a good result, even though we weren’t at our best.

Thoughts on Nick Hagglund’s goal… (2:11)

“I feel like it’s been coming for a while. He did a really good job of getting into position to finish games on set pieces. And credit to my staff. They work very hard trying to find ways to create chances from set pieces. I think we do a good job of trying to identify our strengths in those moments and setting up plays to get them in front of goal to finish plays. It was good to see Nick finish one.

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