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FC Cincinnati Weekly Update: May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Cincinnati News Release

CINCINNATI - FC Cincinnati return home for a match against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, May 25. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET at Nippert 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 (3-8-2, 11 pts.) enter the week after falling to Orlando City SC, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon. Darren Mattocks scored his second goal of the season, while Eric Alexander registered his first assist with the Orange and Blue. The New York Red Bulls (5-5-2, 17 pts.) defeated Atlanta United FC, 1-0, despite playing with 10 men for the final 55 minutes of the match. The Red Bulls will host Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday, May 22 before traveling to Cincinnati.

Saturday's match will mark the conclusion of the regular-season series between Cincinnati and New York. The two sides met at Red Bull Arena on April 27, when the Red Bulls defeated FC Cincinnati, 1-0. Connor Lade scored the lone goal of the match.


Mattocks Tallies Second Goal of 2019

Darren Mattocks became the second FC Cincinnati player to record multiple goals this season when he scored in the 24th minute at Orlando City SC ... the goal was Mattocks' first tally from open play - his first goal was scored via the penalty spot on April 7 against Sporting Kansas City ... Mattocks is now tied with Allan Cruz, as both players have scored two goals apiece through FCC's first 13 matches.

Richey Becomes First FCC Goalkeeper to Stop a Penalty

Orange and Blue goalkeeper Spencer Richey made history on Sunday when he registered a save on Nani's 50th minute penalty attempt ... Richey became the first FC Cincinnati goalkeeper to record a penalty save in an MLS match ... the stop was Richey's first-ever career penalty save ... Real Salt Lake's Albert Rusnak became the first player to attempt a penalty against FC Cincinnati on April 19.

Orange and Blue End Road Scoreless Drought

When Darren Mattocks scored for FC Cincinnati against Orlando City SC, it ended a 408-minute road scoreless drought ... the Orange and Blue had not tallied in an away match since Kenny Saief scored in the 65th minute at the New England Revolution on March 24 ... the Orange and Blue had been held without a goal on the road for four consecutive matches ... On May 11, Allan Cruz tallied at home against Montreal in the seventh minute to break FC Cincinnati's 527-minute scoreless drought across all matches.

Ulloa, Waston make 125th MLS Start

FC Cincinnati players Victor Ulloa and Kendall Waston hit milestones in Sunday's match ... both players earned their 125th career MLS starts ... Ulloa and Waston have started 11 matches for FC Cincinnati this season.

Alexander, Ledesma, Manneh Return to Starting XI

Midfielders Eric Alexander and Emmanuel Ledesma and forward Kekuta Manneh returned to the starting lineup for FC Cincinnati at Orlando City SC ... Alexander picked up his first assist of the season on Darren Mattocks' 24th minute strike ... the veteran midfielder has now recorded 25 assists during the course of his 11-year MLS career ... Ledesma and Manneh returned to the FC Cincinnati starting lineup for the first time since April 27 at the New York Red Bulls.

Seven FC Cincinnati Players Named to Concacaf Gold Cup Preliminary Rosters

Seven FC Cincinnati players were named to Concacaf Gold Cup preliminary rosters for their respective nations on Monday, May 20 ... Rashawn Dally, Darren Mattocks and Alvas Powell were named to Jamaica's preliminary roster ... Allan Cruz and Kendall Waston were named to Costa Rica's preliminary roster ... Greg Garza was named to the United States' preliminary roster ... Emery Welshman was named to Guyana's preliminary roster.

FC Cincinnati to Play Soccer For All Match on Saturday

The Orange and Blue will be back at Nippert Stadium on Saturday for their "Soccer For All" Match ... Soccer For All reminds fans that everyone is welcome in MLS, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic stat ... all fans attending FC Cincinnati's match against the New York Red Bulls on May 25 are to encouraged to participate in the halftime in-stadium card stunt, where they can proclaim who their "Soccer is For."

FC Cincinnati return to the field on Saturday, May 25, when the team hosts the New York Red Bulls at Nippert Stadium. First kick is set for 7:30 p.m., and the game will be televised live on WSTR 64, streamed on FloFC (in-region) and ESPN+ (out-of-region), carried on the radio on WDJO with an audio stream on TuneIn (WDJO) and 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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