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FC Cincinnati Weekly Update: July 14, 2019

July 14, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Cincinnati News Release

CINCINNATI - FC Cincinnati return to Nippert Stadium for a pair of home matches this week. The Orange and Blue will host a nationally televised "White Out" match against D.C. United on Thursday, July 18. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN, streamed on WatchESPN, while an audio stream will be available on the TuneIn app and fccincinnati.com.

Three days later, FCC will host the New England Revolution. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. and will be televised locally on WSTR Star64, streamed regionally on FloFC, out of market on ESPN+ and carried on the radio on WDJO, while an audio stream will be available on the TuneIn app and fccincinnati.com.

FC Cincinnati (5-13-2, 17 pts.) enter the week after defeating the Chicago Fire, 2-1, at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday evening. Allan Cruz and Fanendo Adi scored for the Orange and Blue. Cruz's first-minute goal - which was scored 45 seconds into the match - is the fastest goal in FC Cincinnati's MLS history. Adi's first MLS goal with FC Cincinnati came in the 83rd minute and proved to be the game-winning goal of the contest.

D.C. United (8-5-8, 32 pts.) played to a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution on Friday night. After trailing by two goals, Leo Jara and Quincy Amarikwa provided the goals for the home side to level the scoreline.

The New England Revolution (6-8-6, 24 pts.) played to a 2-2 draw against D.C. United on Friday night. Teal Bunbury and Carles Gil recorded the goals for New England. The Revs are an unbeaten 4-0-4 in their last eight matches dating back to May 11. Before their match against FC Cincinnati on Sunday night, New England will host Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday, July 17.

As a reminder, credential requests and RSVP's are due by Tuesday, July 16 at 6 p.m. to media@fccincinnati.com for Thursday's game against D.C. United and on and Thursday, July 18 at 6 p.m. for Sunday's game against the New England Revolution.

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FCC to have first MLS "White Out" match

FC Cincinnati return to Nippert Stadium on Thursday, July 18 for their first-ever MLS "White Out" match against D.C. United ... prior to the match, FC Cincinnati will host a special "Party at the Pitch" event on Sheakley Lawn ... starting at 5:30 p.m., fans are welcome to join the festivities on Sheakley Lawn for a tailgate-style event that will feature special partner beer specials, as well as local musical favorites Naked Karate Girls performing on stage from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ... admission to "Party at the Pitch" is free and included in the price of the D.C. game ticket.

Queen of the Queen City

U.S. Women's National Team midfielder and Cincinnati native Rose Lavelle will be honored by FC Cincinnati for her remarkable play in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on consecutive days ... First, the Orange and Blue will recognize Lavelle at halftime of the club's "White Out" match against D.C. United on July 18 ... in addition, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and FC Cincinnati will hold a joint celebration on Fountain Square at noon on July 19 to honor Cincinnati's star soccer sensation.

Back-to-back wins

With Saturday's win against Chicago Fire, FC Cincinnati claimed back-to-back victories for the second time this season ... on July 6, FCC defeated the Houston Dynamo 3-2 at Nippert Stadium ... the Orange and Blue defeated the Portland Timbers and the New England Revolution in consecutive matches on March 17 and March 24, respectively

Fastest goal in FCC history

Allan Cruz scored the fastest goal in FC Cincinnati history when he tallied in the first minute of Saturday's match ... at 45 seconds into the match, the goal is tied for the third-fastest goal recorded in MLS this season ... Cruz broke the club's previous record that he set on May 11 against Montreal when he tallied in the 7th minute

Cruz catches up with Manneh

When Allan Cruz half-volleyed his first-minute goal against Chicago, he tied Kekuta Manneh's team-leading mark of three goals this season ... the last time Cruz scored was during Yoann Damet's debut as interim head coach, a 2-1 win over Montreal Impact on May 11

Adi scores first MLS goal of 2019

Fanendo Adi scored his first MLS goal as an FC Cincinnati player at the Chicago Fire on July 13 ... Adi became FC Cincinnati's 13th player to score a goal and the fifth to record a game-winning goal this season ... the last time Adi had scored in MLS was on July 28, when he tallied for the Portland Timbers against the Houston Dynamo ... the goal was Adi's second across all competitions, as he previously scored in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against Louisville City FC

Richey records six saves

On Saturday night, Spencer Richey equaled a previous career high by making six saves on the night ... Richey made six saves for the first time with FC Cincinnati at Philadelphia on May 1 ... Additionally, Richey recorded his second penalty save of the season ... the goalkeeper recorded his first career penalty save on May 19 when he saved a penalty taken by Orlando City SC's Nani ... Richey is one of three goalkeepers, along with the LA Galaxy's David Bingham and Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia, to record two penalty saves this season

Another team first

FC Cincinnati experienced their first weather delay of the season at the Chicago Fire on July 13 ... play was halted in the 26th minute following a lightning strike in the nearby area ... the delay lasted 59 minutes

FC Cincinnati's next game will come on Thursday, July 18, when the team hosts a "White Out" match against D.C. United on ESPN at Nippert Stadium. Tickets for the game are on sale to the general public at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK). Pick-Six mini plans, individual-game tickets and group options are on sale for all remaining games..


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