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FC Cincinnati Weekly Update: May 26, 2019

May 26, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Cincinnati News Release

CINCINNATI - FC Cincinnati are back on the road at the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, June 1. The match will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. 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 fccincinnati.com.

FC Cincinnati (3-9-2, 11 pts.) enter the week after falling to the New York Red Bulls, 2-0, on Saturday evening. Fanendo Adi made his return to the starting lineup, while Nazmi Albadawi made his MLS debut for the Orange and Blue. The Colorado Rapids (2-9-2, 8 pts.) defeated Columbus Crew SC, 3-2, for their second win - and second consecutive win - of the season. The Rapids are in the midst of a stretch of three matches in eight days and will play at the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday evening before returning home to host Cincinnati on Saturday.

Saturday's match will be FC Cincinnati's seventh match against a Western Conference opponent and their lone regular-season match against Colorado. The matchup will feature the only two current interim head coaches in MLS, Cincinnati's Yoann Damet and Colorado's Connor Casey. Additionally, they are the youngest two head coaches in MLS - Damet is 29, while Casey is 37.

On Thursday, May 30, FC Cincinnati will learn their opponent for their 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth-round match scheduled for Wednesday, June 12. This year marks the first year FC Cincinnati enter the tournament in the fourth round. As a USL Club from 2016-18, the Orange and Blue entered the tournament in the second round of the competition.

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USMNT-Venezuela Credential Deadline Set for Friday

With the United States Men's National Team's visit to Nippert Stadium just two weeks away, the credential application deadline is quickly approaching ... all credential applications must be submitted by this Friday, May 31, to be considered by U.S. Soccer ... in their first-ever visit to the Queen City, the USMNT will play Venezuela in an international friendly ... the match will be the United States' final tune-up match prior to the Gold Cup ... The USMNT are slated to play Guyana (June 18), Trinidad and Tobago (June 22) and Panama (June 26) during the group stage of the Gold Cup.

Age is Only a Number

When FC Cincinnati plays the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, June 1, the match will feature the only two current interim head coaches in Major League Soccer: FCC's Yoann Damet and Colorado's Connor Casey ... additionally, they are the youngest two head coaches in MLS - Damet is 29, while Casey is 37 ... the Orange and Blue have posted a 1-2-0 record since Damet was named interim head coach on May 7 ... meanwhile, the Rapids are 2-2-0 since Casey took over as interim head coach on May 1.

FCC to Learn USOC Fate

On Thursday, FC Cincinnati will learn their opponent for their 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth-round match scheduled for Wednesday, June 12 .. this year marks the first year FC Cincinnati enter the tournament in the fourth round ... as a USL Club from 2016-18, the Orange and Blue entered the tournament in the second round of the competition ... highlighted by a six-match run to the 2017 U.S. Open Cup semifinal round, FCC are 7-2-2 all-time in U.S. Open Cup matches.

Adi Returns to Starting XI

For the first time since FCC's home opener against the Portland Timbers on March 17, Fanendo Adi earned a start for Orange and Blue in their most recent match against the New York Red Bulls on May 25 ... the forward recorded six shots, including two shots on goal, while playing all 90 minutes of the match ... after being unavailable for selection for seven matches from March 24 through May 1, Adi made his return to the bench on May 4, when he logged 11 minutes at the San Jose Earthquakes ... the forward made a second substitute appearance and played 26 minutes at Orlando City SC on May 19.

Albadawi Makes MLS Debut

Nazmi Albadawi made his MLS debut in FCC's match against the New York Red Bulls on May 25 ... Albadawi became the 11th FCC player to earn his MLS debut this season ... additionally, Albadawi became the Orange and Blue's 24th player to make an appearance ... In his lone season with FC Cincinnati at the USL level in 2018, Albadawi made 27 appearances, including 24 starts, and scored 11 goals.

Dally Recalled; Earns Spot on Bench

Rashawn Dally earned a spot on FC Cincinnati's bench for the first time this season against the New York Red Bulls on May 25 ... FC Cincinnati announced that they had recalled Dally from Memphis 901 FC on Monday, May 20 ... the Orange and Blue's third-round selection in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft made 12 appearances, including nine starts, and scored one goal for the first-year USL Championship side.

The Orange and Blue will be back in action on Saturday, June 1, when the club visits Dick's Sporting Goods Park to face the Colorado Rapids at 8:30 p.m. 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 fccincinnati.com. FCC returns to Nippert Stadium for their next MLS regular-season home game on Saturday, June 22, to face the LA Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. Pick-Six mini plans, and individual-game tickets and group options are on sale at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK).


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