FT: NYCFC pulls it together for a 2-1 win against Cincinnati on the road in their first road win since May.
It might not have been the blowout City fans were hoping for. But a win is a win, and they’ll take it. Even if the defense bent, Cincy’s poor finishing and discipline kept them from breaking. Cincinnati got two red cars towards the end of the game, all but sealing it for the Night Owls.
That was my last game as managing editor, guys and gals. I hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I have. You’re all loved. I’ll see you around.
Another red card! It hasn’t been their best games, but the Night Owls have been great at bringing Cincinnati to their boiling point.
90’+1: City almost concede a late equalizer. This defense needs to go back to the drawing board. It’s unrecognizable from the corps we saw months ago.
89’: Tony Rocha comes on for Tajouri-Shradi
85’: RED CARD, CINCINNATI! Barreal attempts to remove Jasson’s legs and pays the price. 11v10.
City’s defense is so leaky. They’ve gone from literally being the gold standard to barely holding it together.
71’: Alex Callens comes on for Medina. Must be a tactical change.
70’: NYCFC concede a free header on a free kick. It’s wide, but poor nonetheless.
58’: PENALTY! Taty holds it up and draws it!
Taty steps up to take it and... BURIES IT! 2-1, Night Owls!
54’: Goal, Cincy. Andres Jasson — who came on for Gloster at HT — is a complete defensive liability.
BUT WAIT! IT’S CALLED OFFSIDE!THANK GOD!
The second half is underway. Give me goals please!
HT: NYCFC are level with Cincinnati 1-1 going into the half. Taty Castellanos and Lucho Acosta exchange words on the way out.
It was an awful start. And even if they have leveled it, Ronny Deila should not be happy with that half. City needs to be better in the second half and put this game away.
37’: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAALLLLL!!!!! Keaton Parks levels it!
Off a failed corner, Gudi Thorarinsson delivers a well placed cross. The tall Parks rises above the defense and tucks it in the knot the game at 1-1 for NYCFC!
Alfredo Morales is awful.
18’: ITS comes close again! Keaton Parks heads the ball down for Tajouri-Shradi, who takes a shot on the full volley. It takes a heavy deflection, but Tyton is able to parry it away.
15’: Tajouri-Shradi attempts to push in a loose ball. His shot is just wide.
10’: If what Thiago did against Dallas was enough for a red card... how was that not?
4’: A failed Maxime Chanot clearance gifts Cincinnati an early goal. This defense just won’t stop leaking goals. This is basically a repeat of the Dallas game. 1-0 Cinci.
We’re off in Cincy. The Night Owls need a win. No excuses.
Rosters are out. What a way to go out for my final game as managing editor of HRB — Alfredo Morales starting and no Anton Tinnerholm to be seen. Yay.
At the very least, Chris Gloster gets a start, seemingly in place of Tinnerholm as Tayvon Gray is also missing. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi starts as well, while Taty Castellanos returns from his suspension.
New York City FC Starting XI:
- Suspended: Thiago
- Suspended after next caution: Nicolas Acevedo, James Sands
- International Duty: None
- Injury Report:
- OUT: Santiago Rodriguez (hamstring)
FC Cincinnati Starting XI:
- Suspended: Ronald Matarrita
- Suspended after next caution: Caleb Stanko, Gustavo Vallecilla
- International duty: None
- Injury Report: N/A
Referees: Ted Unkel (referee); C.J. Morgante, Jose da Silva (assistant referees); Silviu Petrescu (4th official); Kevin Stott (VAR)
How To Watch
Match date & time: September 18, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
Online streaming: YES App, ESPN+
Local radio: NYCFC.com/radio
The story: Let’s not insult your intelligence right now — NYCFC has been terrible recently, winning one of their last five. To make matters worse, they are going on the road where they have only won twice in eleven games this season.
If there’s any silver lining to be had, the Night Owls take on FC Cincinnati tonight who have been pretty consistently poor this season. Having only 20 points in 23 total games this season, the Jaap Stam’s Orange & Blue is ripe to be exploited in every possible way on the pitch against a City team that is practically full strength when it comes to their first-choice lineup.
Given their recent performances — and their overall poor form on the road — it’d be foolish to call this one an easy win. But if NYCFC are legitimate MLS Cup contenders, this is one they cannot afford to lose.
This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.