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FC Cincinnati Weekly Update: May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Cincinnati News Release

CINCINNATI - FC Cincinnati are back on the road for a match against Orlando City SC on Sunday, May 19. The match will kick off at 3 p.m. ET at Orlando City Stadium. The game 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

FC Cincinnati (3-7-2, 11 pts.) enter the week after defeating the Montreal Impact, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon. The win was Interim Head Coach Yoann Damet's first as he became both the youngest head coach in MLS history, as well as the league's youngest coach to record a win. Orlando City SC (3-5-3, 12 pts.) fell, 1-0, on Sunday at Atlanta United FC and will next play Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday night.


New Streak Started in Damet's Debut

With Saturday's 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact, FC Cincinnati ended their seven-match winless streak ... in addition, Interim Head Coach Yoann Damet registered his first victory after being named to the position on Tuesday, May 7 ... the win was FC Cincinnati's first victory since March 24, a 2-0 road win at the New England Revolution... further, the club recorded its first points since playing Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw on April 7.

Damet Makes MLS History in Win

At 29 years and 53 days old, Yoann Damet became the youngest head coach in MLS history when he led the Orange and Blue against Montreal ... the previous youngest head coach, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, was Roy Wegerle at 32 years, 186 days old, who served as the Colorado Rapids' interim head coach on Sept. 21, 1996, at D.C. United ... Damet also became the youngest coach to win a match in MLS, besting the mark set by Ben Olsen at 33 years, 111 days, in his third match as head coach with D.C. United on Aug. 22, 2010, against the Philadelphia Union.

FC Cincinnati Set Bests in Passing...

FC Cincinnati shattered their previous MLS single-game marks in passing in their 2-1 win over Montreal ... in the first half, the Orange and Blue had 401 total passes, topping the previous first-half high of 230 total passes, which they registered on April 19 against Real Salt Lake ... through their first 11 games, FCC averaged 179.8 total passes in the first half ... FCC finished the match with 571 total passes, eclipsing the single-game high of 493 total passes at New York Red Bulls on April 27 ... through their first 11 games, FCC averaged 400.5 total passes per match - mark the team passed in the first half alone on Saturday (401 passes).

...and also Possession Percentage

Also on Saturday, the Orange and Blue also had their best performance of the season with possession ... with a 55.0% mark for the game on Saturday, FCC bested its previous single-game high of 53.6%, set on April 27 at New York ... Cincy got off to a hot start, recording a mark of 65.8% in the first half, besting its previous first-half best of 58.6% on April 19 against Real Salt Lake ... prior to Saturday's match against Montreal, FCC averaged a 41.2% possession percentage in the first halves of matches ... entering Saturday's match, FC Cincinnati averaged a 44.7% possession percentage per match overall.

Garza Returns in Grand Form

Greg Garza returned to the FC Cincinnati starting lineup on May 11 against Montreal ... it was Garza's first appearance since April 11 after he sustained a calf injury on April 11 and missed the next five. matches ... on Saturday, the left back led the Orange and Blue in total passes (91), total passes in Montreal's half (37) and total touches (107) ... additionally, FC Cincinnati improved to 3-1-2 in matches where Greg Garza makes an appearance, encompassing all of the team's points (11) in his appearances.

Cruz is Both Fastest and First ...

Allan Cruz recorded FC Cincinnati's fastest goal of the season with his seventh-minute tally against Montreal ... Cruz's goal eclipsed the previous mark of 13 minutesfrom Leonardo Bertone in FCC's season opener at Seattle on March 2 ... in addition, Cruz became the first FCC player to score multiple goals this season.

Scoreless Drought Snapped

FC Cincinnati snapped their 527-minute scoring drought with Allan Cruz's goal in the seventh minute on Saturday against Montreal ... prior to that goal, FCC's most last tally came in the 19th minute against Sporting Kansas City on April 7, a PK conversion by Darren Mattocks ... the 527-minute streak was the sixth-longest in MLS history, but almost 300 minutes shy of the league's scoreless record: 824 minutes set by Toronto FC (July 7-Sept. 22, 2007).

Alashe Opens His FCC Account

Fatai Alashe scored his first goal of the season against Montreal in the 62nd minute of the match, just three minutes after entering as a substitute ... the midfielder became FC Cincinnati's ninth player to register a goal this season ... in his prior two appearances - at Philadelphia on May 1 and at San Jose on May 4 - Alashe had a pair of chances in each game that were either narrowly wide or forced acrobatic saves by the goalkeeper.

FCC Prevail in First Canadian Encounter

FC Cincinnati played and won their first match against a Canadian opponent with Saturday's win over Montreal ... the Orange and Blue have four additional regular-season matches scheduled against Canadian teams this season: at Toronto (July 27), vs. Vancouver (Aug. 3), vs. Toronto (Sept. 7), and at Montreal (Sept. 14) ... in their three seasons in the USL, FCC went 10-1-1 against teams from Canada.

The Orange and Blue will return to the road next weekend when they play Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium on Sunday, May 19. The match 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 FC Cincinnati's next home game will come on Saturday, May 25, when FCC hosts the New York Red Bulls at 7:30 p.m. at Nippert Stadium. 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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