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FC Cincinnati Weekly Update: April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Cincinnati News Release

CINCINNATI - FC Cincinnati will hit the road for three straight road matches in eight days, beginning at the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, April 27. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena, and will be televised locally on WSTR Star64, streamed regionally on FloFC, out-of-region on ESPN+ and carried on the radio on WDJO, while an audio stream will be available on the TuneIn app and

Following Saturday's match, FC Cincinnati will remain on the road for matches at Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 1 and at San Jose on Saturday, May 4.

FC Cincinnati (2-4-2, 8 pts.) enter the week dropping a 3-0 result to Real Salt Lake at Nippert Stadium on Friday, while the New York Red Bulls (1-4-2, 5 pts.) come into the game following a 1-0 loss at the New England Revolution.

FCC to Begin Three-Match Road Trip

FC Cincinnati are set to play three consecutive road games for the only time this season ... additionally, it will begin one of only three stretches of three road matches in eight days across MLS this season ... Houston plays at Portland (June 22), at San Jose (June 26) and at New England (June 29) ... Philadelphia plays at NY Red Bulls (Sept. 22) at San Jose (Sept. 25) and Columbus (Sept. 29).

Alashe Earns First MLS FCC Appearance

Fatai Alashe made his first MLS appearance with the Orange and Blue on Friday night against Real Salt Lake, making his season debut when he replaced Victor Ulloa in the 77th minute ... the midfielder recorded eight total passes with a 87.5% passing accuracy ... Alashe has now made 86 MLS appearances since being drafted by San Jose in 2015 ... Alashe missed much of preseason and part of the early season with a knee ailment.

Powell Returns to Starting XI

In his first appearance since FCC's home opener against Portland on March 17, right back Alvas Powell started and played the full 90 minutes against RSL ... in his return, Powell led the team in tackles (4) and interceptions (2) ... the Jamaica international was heavily involved in the game, tallying a game-high 87 touches and also active on the attack, routinely getting forward down the right side.

Lineup Shuffles Continue

Friday's starting lineup included three changes from Head Coach Alan Koch's selection against LAFC on April 13 ... Roland Lamah (LW), Victor UIloa (CM), and Alvas Powell (RB) replaced Kekuta Manneh, Caleb Stanko and Justin Hoyte, respectively in the lineup ... FCC has used seven unique starting lineups this season so far... the only time the Orange and Blue repeated a starting XI was against Atlanta United on March 10 and Portland Timbers on March 17.

Familiar Foes Incoming

For the first time as an MLS club, FC Cincinnati will play opponents for the second time this week ... Saturday's opponent - the New York Red Bulls - came to Nippert Stadium for the 2017 U.S. Open Cup semifinals, topping FCC in extra time, 3-2 ... next Wednesday's opponent - the Philadelphia Union - came to Nippert Stadium earlier this season on March 30, meaning Wednesday's game will close the teams' two-game season series ... Philly claimed the first meeting, 2-0, in torrential downpours in Cincinnati at the end of March.

On to Greener Pastures

The Orange and Blue now have natural grass pitch ready at the Mercy Health Training Center as they prepare for future opponents ... for the first time in Cincinnati since the start of preseason, FCC will be able to train on grass at home beginning on Tuesday ... for the past eight weeks FCC has trained in their artificial surface pitch at the Mercy Health Training Center while Field 1 - the first of the two grass fields - matured and was readied by the FC Cincinnati grounds crew, led by head groundskeeper Robbie Dworkin.

MLS WORKS Week of Service Concludes

In partnership with the Newport Aquarium and WAVE Foundation, more than 6,000 single-use plastic bags were collected during a plastic bag drive ... the collected bags will be made into plarn to create reusable bags and sleeping mats for area's homeless community, as well as mats for local pet shelters ... in addition to the plastic bag drive, FCC staged three community events with team members, club staff and fans during last week's MLS WORKS Greener Goals Week of Service: a clean-up project at Laurel Park & Playground and the Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses playground; home rehabilitation projects in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati and an after-school discussion to make plarn at the Lindner YMCA in the West End.

FC Cincinnati's next home game will come on Saturday, May 11, when FCC host the Montreal Impact at 1 p.m. Pick-Six mini plans, and individual-game tickets and group options are on sale at or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK).

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