Match Preview: FC Cincinnati vs. New York Red Bulls
FC Cincinnati return home for the first of four straight games at TQL Stadium starting Saturday night against the New York Red Bulls. Noche Latina, a special night of Hispanic heritage programming, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. The Orange and Blue and Red Bulls meet for the second and final time this season, as the teams have played. a goalless draw in early August.
FC Cincinnati celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Noche Latina on Saturday. Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is an annual celebration of the history and culture of Latin American and Hispanic communities. Part of the match will be presented in Spanish and the first 20,000 fans will receive a rally towel donated by Mercy Health.
Before the game, fans can enjoy Hispanic food trucks, music, drink specials and more from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Washington Park. In Carl and Martha Linder Square from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., DJ Prymetime will play a special playlist created by FCC player Luciano Acosta in addition to beer promotions, soccer bingo and a photo booth for the fans. At the Mercy Health Plaza from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 a.m., a toll-free COVID vaccine clinic will be held. The first 50 fans to get the vax will receive two tickets to an upcoming FCC game and be entered to win a FC Cincinnati gift basket.
Local stream: fccincinnati.com
Radio: Fox Sports AM 1360
Talent: Tom Gelehrter (play-by-play), Kevin McCloskey (analyst), Alex Stec (sideline)
Be sure to follow @FCCincinnati on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live game updates.
NEW YORK RED BULLS SCOUTING (8-11-7 – 31 pts – 11th, Eastern Conference)
Undefeated in the team’s last four games, the Red Bulls have gone 2-0-2 in that streak, including tying Philadelphia Union, 1-1, at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday.
Patryk Klimala leads RBNY with seven goals, but it was Omir Fernandez who was key in the recent New York run. He’s scored three goals in the four straight games unbeaten, including New York’s lone goal and Wednesday’s equalizer against Philadelphia. The Red Bulls’ defense has been strong, as in September New York conceded just five goals in six games.
A notable absence on Saturday for RBNY will be Kyle Duncan. The dominant defender will be serving a one-game suspension due to a build-up of yellow cards.
MARSHALL SEEKS THE ADVANTAGE OF THE HOME COURT – Interim head coach Tyrone Marshall will manage his first game with the Orange and Blues in Cincinnati. Marshall’s goal is to bring energy, both in the locker rooms and in the stands at TQL Stadium. On Wednesday he said: “[I’m] will try to see if I can change the attitude of the boys in the locker room. Try to see if we can bring back a little more energy, the pleasure of playing football again. And see if we can translate that into the field and give our fans at home something to cheer on, because I’ve watched a few games at home and seen the Cincinnati fan base, we need to energize those fans. For me, this is my main goal.
CLUB TIES –Florian Valot is set to face New York, a team he has made 42 appearances with, including 33 starts, scoring five goals and adding nine assists from 2018-21. His long journey with the organization began with his joining the club’s affiliate at the USL New York Red Bulls II Championship in 2016. Additionally, Chris Duvall began his career with RBNY, while former FC Cincinnati players Andrew Gutman and Frankie Amaya now reside with the Red Taureaux.
FAMILY ENEMY – Saturday will be the seventh all-time meeting between New York and FC Cincinnati, which is tied for the second most-played game for the Orange and Blues since joining Major League Soccer (Columbus, 8; Atlanta , 7). However, despite that, Saturday will only be the Red Bulls’ second MLS visit to Queen City. The first came on May 25, 2019, a 2-0 victory for the visitors at Nippert Stadium. RBNY is 3-8-2 on the road this season.