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Matt Miazga Named to MLS Team of the Matchday for Matchday 6

March 25, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
FC Cincinnati News Release

FC Cincinnati center back Matt Miazga has been named to the MLS Team of the Matchday for Matchday 6, the league announced Monday. Additionally, Luciano Acosta was named to the Team of the Matchday Bench.

Monday's recognition marks the first time this season Miazga has been named to the MLS Team of the Matchday, the fifth time in his FC Cincinnati career.

Miazga led a Cincinnati backline which secured a third MLS clean sheet and fifth shutout across all competitions. The center back led FCC in clearances, ball actions and passes Saturday night.

Cincinnati held New York City FC to just eight shots, four on target, in the win. For the second-straight match, Miazga and the defense helped preserve a one-goal lead over the final 30-plus minutes of the match to secure victory. NYCFC managed just three of their shots after FCC took the lead in the 57th minute, with their best of the three attempts recording just a .07 xG (expected goal).

Additionally, Lucho Acosta's naming to the Team of the Matchday bench marked his third weekly recognition of the season. Acosta scored the game-winning goal for Cincinnati for the second-straight match.

Acosta's 57th minute goal was a historic one. With the strike, the Argentine became just the seventh player in MLS history with at least 60 goals and 80 assists in their career.

Last season, FC Cincinnati set a club-record with 40 players named to the MLS Team of the Matchday. Miazga and Acosta's performances are the fifth and sixth recognitions of an FC Cincinnati player or coach on the weekly team this season. A full list of 2024 FC Cincinnati matchday honors:

2024 FC Cincinnati MLS Team of the Matchday Player Recognitions

- Luciano Acosta (3, 5, 6-Bench)

- Miles Robinson (3, 5-Bench)

- Matt Miazga (6)

The full team for Matchday 6 is listed below.

2024 MLS Team of the Matchday presented by Audi (Matchday 6)

F: Lewis Morgan (RBNY), Dante Vanzeir (RBNY), Julián Carranza (PHI)

M: Fidel Barajas (RSL), Eduard Atuesta (LAFC), Mark Delgado (LA), Dénis Bouanga (LAFC)

D: Brad Smith (HOU), Matt Miazga (CIN), Tyrese Spicer (TOR)

GK: Oliver Semmle (PHI)

Coach: Jim Curtin (PHI)

Bench: John McCarthy (LA), Josh Yaro (STL), Ashley Westwood (CLT), Luciano Acosta (CIN), Riqui Puig (LA), Federico Bernardeschi (TOR), Cristian Espinoza (SJ), Christian Benteke (DC), Jack Lynn (ORL)

Next up for FC Cincinnati is a trip to North Carolina on Saturday, March 30 to take on Charlotte FC. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the match will stream on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

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