FC Cincinnati Weekly Update: September 9, 2019
CINCINNATI - FC Cincinnati will be back on the road for a match against the Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. The game 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 (5-21-3, 18 pts.) enter the week after falling to Toronto FC, 5-1, at Nippert Stadium on Saturday evening. Emmanuel Ledesma recorded his team-leading sixth goal of the season - his third via the penalty spot. Joseph-Claude Gyau and Tommy McCabe earned their first starts for the Orange and Blue in the match.
The Montreal Impact (11-15-4, 37 pts.) enter the week following a bye. In their most recent match, the Impact fell to D.C. United, 3-0, at Saputo Stadium on Aug. 31.
Saturday's matchup will be the second meeting between the two sides. Cincinnati defeated Montreal, 2-1, at Nippert Stadium on May 11.
Ledesma Scores via Penalty for Second Straight Match
Emmanuel Ledesma scored his sixth goal of the season against Toronto FC on Saturday ... the midfielder's six goals are most among FCC players ... additionally, the goal was Ledesma's third tally via the penalty spot, and his second penalty kick goal in as many matches ... the midfielder currently leads FC Cincinnati in both goals and assists.
Injuries, International Duty Force Lineup Changes
FC Cincinnati made eight changes to their previous starting lineup in their most recent match against Toronto FC on Saturday ... FCC had nine players unavailable for selection because of injuries and international duty ... Fanendo Adi (calf), Jimmy McLaughlin (knee) Spencer Richey (back), Victor Ulloa (groin) and Maikel van der Werff (hamstring) missed the match due to injury ... Allan Cruz (Costa Rica), Derrick Etienne Jr. (Haiti), Alvas Powell (Jamaica) and Kendall Waston (Costa Rica) were unavailable after they were called in by their respective national teams
Gyau, McCabe Earn First FCC Starts
Midfielders Joseph-Claude Gyau and Tommy McCabe earned the first starts for FC Cincinnati this past Saturday against Toronto FC ... both players had previously made two substitute appearances for the Orange and Blue prior to starting FCC's most recent match ... Gyau and McCabe played all 90 minutes of the match
Three SuperDraft Selections Earn Starts
FC Cincinnati became the first team in MLS this year to start three 2019 MLS SuperDraft selections in the same match ... Frankie Amaya, Rashawn Dally and Tommy McCabe all started for the Orange and Blue against Toronto FC ... Prior to the match, FCC were one of four MLS teams to start two 2019 SuperDraft selections in a match, along with Minnesota United, New England and Orlando City
Hagglund Sports Captain's Armband
Nick Hagglund wore the captain's armband for the first time this season against Toronto FC ... he became the fourth FC Cincinnati player to be named captain for an MLS match along with Kendall Waston, Greg Garza and Justin Hoyte ... additionally, Hagglund made his first appearance against his former side, Toronto FC, where he played for five seasons (2014-18) ... the center back was an unused substitute in the two sides' first meeting at BMO Field on July 27
Cruz, Ledesma on Caution Watch
Allan Cruz and Emmanuel Ledesma are one yellow card away from receiving a one-match suspension for yellow-card accumulation ... a one-match suspension would be either player's first of the 2019 season ... Kendall Waston and Leonardo Bertone are FC Cincinnati's only players to receive one-match suspensions for yellow-card accumulation this season
FC Cincinnati return to action on Saturday, Sept. 14, when they face the Montreal Impact at Saputo 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 fccincinnati.com.
The team next plays at home on Wednesday, Sept. 18, when the Orange and Blue host Atlanta United FC at 7:30 p.m. Individual-game tickets and group options are on sale for all remaining FC Cincinnati games at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK).
For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team's official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Individual-game tickets and group options are on sale for all remaining FC Cincinnati games at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK).
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