FT: #NYCFC defeat FC Cincinnati 4-1 after a dominant second half. For a while, things weren't looking pretty for City. Though they had a lead, something seemed off and there were extended periods of sloppiness. But the Boys in Blue kept it together and surged late for the win.— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 18, 2019
89’: GOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! Héber scores his 12th of the season!
It was a beautiful cut onto his right foot and then a blast far post — just Héber doing Héber things. What a goal! 4-1 NYCFC.
Eric Miller has played a pretty good game apart from conceding the penalty, which I don't think was a penalty to begin with #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 18, 2019
71’: GOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLL!!! City put some distance between them and Cincy!
After suffering through some pretty poor play, NYCFC get a corner. Mitri’s delivery is brilliantly deflected by Maxime Chanot towards the back post where an opportunistic Taty headed it in for his second goal of the night. Great play!
66’: City got away with that one there. If Cincinnati were a better team, it’s possible NYCFC would be losing this game.
60’: NYCFC looks so sloppy right now.
All of their passes are to no one and communication is obviously an issue.
The second half has begun! Does NYCFC have the tactical juice to put this one away?
HT: NYCFC lead Cincinnati 2-1 after a last-minute tap-in from Héber going into halftime!
Let’s be honest — that was not City’s best half. But, despite not being at their ideal form, they still lead the game after initially going down. If they wish to ensure themselves victory, things are gonna need to be cleaned up.
45’+3: GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!! City take the lead late into first half stoppage time!
Ronald Matarrita played a great cross into the area. The ball took a touch off of Taty before setlling at the feet of Héber who just had to tap it in. Optimal way to end the half!
36’: PENALTY! Maxi is stepping up to take it...
... and it’s saved. Dammit.
32’: GOOOOOOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!! City responds quickly on a lovely goal from Taty Castellanos!
City needed a quick answer, and they delivered. What a shot from Taty!
22’ Penalty called for Cincy. I’m not sure about that one. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 18, 2019
9’ Ben Sweat comes on for James Sands. Let’s hope his injury isn’t too serious. #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 17, 2019
5’ Play has stopped due to a possible injury to James Sands #NYCFC— Hudson River Blue (@hudsonriverblue) August 17, 2019
Rosters are out! City seems like they’ll be lining up in the 4-3-3 tonight with some changes. Eric Miller starts over Anton Tinnerholm and Keaton Parks is back in the Starting XI for the injured Ebenezer Ofori. Interestingly enough, Héber starts out on the wing while Taty Castellanos is lined up as a center forward.
New York City Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Ben Sweat (D), Valentin Castellanos (F), Alex Ring (M), Maxime Chanot (D)
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (F) - ankle injury, Ben Sweat (D) - back injury, Ebenezer Ofori (M) - knee injury
QUESTIONABLE: Alex Callens (D) - hamstring injury. Anton Tinnerholm (D) - hamstring injury
Cincinnati Starting XI:
- Suspended: None
- Suspended after next caution: Kendall Waston (D)
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT: Jimmy McLaughlin (M) - right ACL surgery
QUESTIONABLE: Fatai Alashe (M) - hamstring injury, Kekuta Manneh (M) - shoulder injury, Greg Garza (D) - right calf injury, Fanendo Adi (F) - calf injury, Frankie Amaya (M) - groin injury, Spencer Richey (GK) - back injury
Referees: Nima Saghafi (referee); Corey Parker, Felisha Mariscal (assistant referees); Kevin Broadley (4th official); Jorge Gonzalez (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: August 17, 2019, 7:30 pm.
Venue: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Online streaming: Fox Sports GO
Local radio: WNYE 91.5 FM — English, ESPN Deportes AM1050 — Spanish
All-time series: A week removed from a loss on the road to Atlanta United — one that was hard to swallow — New York City FC continue their road trip as they visit expansion side FC Cincinnati in the Queen City.
As of right now, Cincy is statistically the worst team in MLS with a league low of 18 points. Meanwhile, NYCFC sit 4th in the Eastern Conference, seven points off the league-leading Philadelphia Union with three games in hand. On paper, this is possibly the best game for a City side that need to find their form as we enter the thick of backstretch of the 2019 season.
NYCFC and Cincinnati played each other for the first time earlier this season, with the Boys in Blue collecting an emphatic 5-2 win at home. Let’s see if they can possibly replicate that performance tonight.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.