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Orlando City SC Blows out FC Cincinnati

May 19, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Cincinnati News Release

ORLANDO, Fla. - Despite a first-half goal from Darren Mattocks to give the visitors an early lead, FC Cincinnati fell, 5-1, to Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

FC Cincinnati (3-8-2, 11 pts.) dropped their first match under Interim Head Coach Yoann Damet. Orlando City SC (4-6-3, 15 pts.) players Nani and Tesho Akindele recorded braces to propel the home side to victory.

After the two teams were tied at halftime, Orlando scored three goals between the 50th and 64th minutes to establish a three-goal advantage. Dom Dwyer tacked on Orlando's fifth and final goal of the match in the 82nd minute.

The Orange and Blue will be back in action on Saturday, May 25, when the club returns to Nippert Stadium and hosts the New York Red Bulls at 7:30 p.m. in the club's "Soccer for All" game. 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.

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.

Orlando City SC 5, FC Cincinnati 1

Orlando City Stadium | Orlando, Fla.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

SCORING SUMMARY

CIN - Darren Mattocks (Eric Alexander) 24'

ORL - Tesho Akindele (Will Johnson, João Moutinho) 37'

ORL - Nani (unassisted) 50'

ORL - Nani (Ruan) 59'

ORL - Tesho Akindele (unassisted) 64'

ORL - Dom Dwyer (Josué Colmán) 82'

FC Cincinnati: Spencer Richey, Mathieu Deplagne, Justin Hoyte, Kendall Waston ©, Greg Garza (Alvas Powell 10'), Eric Alexander, Victor Ulloa, Frankie Amaya, Emmanuel Ledesma, Kekuta Manneh (Kenny Saief 65'), Darren Mattocks (Fanendo Adi 64')

Bench: Przemysław Tytoń, Nick Hagglund, Nazmi Albadawi, Caleb Stanko

Stats: Shots 5, Shots on goal 3, Saves 4, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 1, Fouls 13, Possession 38.9%, Passes 351 (83.5%)

Orlando City SC: Brian Rowe, Ruan, Lamine Sané, Robin Jansson, Sebastián Méndez, Will Johnson, João Moutinho, Cristian Higuita (Josué Colmán 78'), Nani (Dom Dwyer 66'), Chris Mueller (Benji Michel 85'), Tesho Akindele

Bench: Greg Ranjitsingh, Kyle Smith, Kamal Miller, Oriol Rosell

Stats: Shots 17, Shots on goal 9, Saves 2, Corner kicks 11, Offsides 0, Fouls 9, Possession 61.1%, Passes 547 (88.8%)

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

ORL - Will Johnson (caution) 43'

ORL - Sebastián Méndez (caution) 45'+4'

CIN - Alvas Powell (caution) 45'+6'

CIN - Victor Ulloa (caution) 71'

ORL - Dom Dwyer (caution) 74'

CIN - Frankie Amaya (caution) 75'

CIN - Emmanuel Ledesma (caution) 87'

REF: Nima Saghafi

AR: Eduardo Mariscal, Chris Elliott

4TH: Luis Guardia

VAR: Geoff Gamble

AVAR: Eric Weisbrod

Weather: 90 degrees and sunny

Attendance: 22,341

HOW IT HAPPENED

21' | Frankie Amaya forced a turnover in midfield and chipped a pass ahead to Darren Mattocks. The Jamaican dribbled into FCC's attacking third, cut into the 18-yard box and played a ball to Emmanuel Ledesma, who fired a first-timed, left-footed shot off the crossbar.

24' | CIN GOAL - From the middle third, Eric Alexander sent a through ball to Mattocks, who caught up with the pass at the top of the 18-yard box. With two defenders in front of him, Mattocks feinted a dribble to his right, took one touch to his right, then cut back to his left before blasting a left-footed shot by Rowe under the crossbar and into the top of the net.

32' | From outside of Cincinnati's 18-yard box, Cristian Higuita passed the ball to Tesho Akindele, who stood at the edge of the box. After a heavy touch on the ball, Kekuta Manneh was able to poke the ball away, however, it rolled to Higuita, whose right-footed blast went right of the goal.

37' | ORL GOAL - After receiving the ball from Will Johnson near the left flank of the field, João Moutinho dribbled inwards and returned the ball to Johnson, who had made a run to the outside of the 18-yard box. With his back towards goal, Johnson laid the ball over to Akindele with his first touch. Akindele's right-footed shot from the center of the box bested Spencer Richey to give Orlando an equalizing goal.

45'+2' | Chris Mueller whipped a low right-footed cross in to the six-yard box, where an oncoming Akindele tried to get his right foot on the ball. The cross, however, was beyond Akindele's outstretched foot and Spencer Richey was able to claim the ball.

45'+5' | Following a free kick taken by Emmanuel Ledesma from approximately 40 yards out, Kendall Waston headed the lofted ball to the center of the box. Mathieu Deplagne sent a headed shot on frame, but Rowe was able to put the ball over the crossbar to keep the scoreline level.

46' | Just seconds after the start of the half, Mueller received a pass from Sebastián Méndez halfway between the left touchline and the 18-yard box. The forward split a pair of FCC defenders, dribbled into the box and took a right-footed shot, which Richey directed beyond the endline.

50' | ORL GOAL - Following a foul from Kendall Waston on Lamine Sané in the penalty area, Orlando was awarded a penalty. Nani stepped up to the spot and took a right-footed shot directly into a diving Richey, however, Nani followed his shot and scored on a rebound attempt to give the home side the lead.

59' | ORL GOAL - After collecting a pass at midfield, Ruan dribbled down the right flank, beyond Waston and towards goal. As Ruan approached the byline, he passed the ball back to Nani at the edge of the six-yard box, who slammed it in for his second goal of the match.

62' | Following a foul by Alvas Powell on the edge of the 18-yard box, Orlando City SC were awarded a free kick in a dangerous area. Mueller took a right-footed curled shot, however, it went over the crossbar.

64' | ORL GOAL - Mueller sent a corner kick to the edge of the six-yard box, where nobody was able to play the initial ball. The loose ball bounced off of Ledesma and directly to Akindele, who first timed a left-footed shot beyond an outstretched Richey and inside the far post to complete his brace.

82' | ORL GOAL - From the right corner flag, Colmán sent a cross to the near post. Dom Dwyer tucked away his header inside of the far post from the corner of the 6-yard box.

GAME NOTES

With today's loss, the Orange and Blue fall to 3-8-2 through 13 MLS matches ... in addition, FC Cincinnati fall to 1-6-1 in away contests ... FC Cincinnati's all-time record against Orlando City SC sits at 0-1-0 after the teams' first-ever regular-season meeting ... Cincinnati is now 2-4-1 against Eastern Conference opponents

Darren Mattocks scored his first goal from open play in the 24th minute ... the forward recorded his first goal of the season via the penalty spot against Sporting Kansas City on April 7 ... Mattocks is now tied with Allan Cruz, as both players have scored two goals apiece through FCC's first 13 matches

Eric 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

Interim Head Coach Yoann Damet made three changes to the starting lineup from FC Cincinnati's most recent match against the Montreal Impact on May 11 ... Eric Alexander (CM) Kekuta Manneh (LM) and Emmanuel Ledesma (RM) shifted into the starting lineup, while Leonardo Bertone, Allan Cruz and Roland Lamah were dropped ... today's lineup is FC Cincinnati's 12th unique lineup of the season ... the only times this season FCC carried over the same starting XI was on March 10 and March 17

Emmanuel Ledesma and Kekuta Manneh returned to the FC Cincinnati starting lineup for the first time since April 27 against New York Red Bulls ... Ledesma made three consecutive substitute appearances since his last start, while Manneh entered as a sub in two of FC Cincinnati's last three contests

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

Eric Alexander returned to the FC Cincinnati lineup for the first time since May 1 ... with today's loss, FC Cincinnati fell to 1-3-1 in matches where the veteran midfielder makes an appearance

Corben Bone (shoulder), Fatai Alashe (hamstring), Victor Cruz (ankle) and Leonardo Bertone (hamstring) were unavailable for selection this evening because of injury

Roland Lamah was unavailable today while he attended to a family emergency in the Ivory Coast ... today's match marked the first time Lamah did not appear for FCC this season

POSTGAME QUOTES

FC Cincinnati Interim Head Coach Yoann Damet

On the impact of Greg Garza's injury

"For sure, there is an impact when you start players, that's because there's a thought behind it. Listen, we played one man down for maybe five minutes, I didn't look at my watch. I think it is difficult when you play one man down for five minutes to get your head straight and keep analyzing the game. So, I think the guys did a great job during these five minutes, being tight, compact and then defending, but for sure it is an adjustment. We had the opportunity to make the sub with Alvas (Powell), and again it is 11 against 11. It takes a bit of time to get back to the game plan and to really take the concept that we wanted to see."

On addition of other players being unavailable

"For sure. With the heat and the conditions, you want to have three subs in the second half to manage the game. It is part of it. It is part of the game, you cannot blame that."

On progress in areas of the game.

"Yes, I spoke about the setup. I think the guys start to understand a bit more the setup, how we want to play. Again, the positioning is something. Now, what we do with the positioning and how we use the ball is something different. It is going to take time. I said it last week, have to be humble about the performance against Montreal, and we have to keep working. So, that is going to be the message again today. I think we have to keep working. We want to play. It is maybe one of the most difficult things to do. We need to get confident. We need to keep training and keep working."

On what changed during the game

"I think in the second half, that call was a tough one. We come back from the changing room, and straight after there is this call. I haven't watched the clip, so I don't know about it. But, yeah for sure. Like I said, we want to change the mentality, and there is still little things that triggers reactions. At some point in the second half, we went from emotions at times, but that is part of the process. We know that we are not going to fix everything in two weeks, so we have to keep working.

On if it is frustrating to give up goals on set pieces

"That's why we have to assess the game based on the facts. There is set pieces. I don't think we did an amazing job in the second half. We looked a bit tired. The set pieces are one thing, but it's easy to say "It's a set piece, it's not open play.' I'm trying to look at the positives and look at how we were set up in the first half and some sequences of play that we had and we're going to build on that."

On what will be his message to the players

"We have to keep working. It's easy to say that we want to play, it's easy to say that we want to have the ball a bit more. Like I said, it's one of the most difficult things to do. It's hard work, it's also being switched on. We cannot after the first obstacle start asking questions about that, we have to keep working, we knew it before. The guys were aware of it and we're going to build on that, on the positives."

FC Cincinnati Defender Justin Hoyte

On the match and losing Greg Garza to injury

"I don't know, we're just disappointed with the result, really. To concede so many goals and not score more goals than them, we're very disappointed. Losing Greg early of course was a big loss, but whoever comes off the bench, Alvas, come on and done his job and we just have to deal with it no matter what happens."

On if the weather conditions played a factor on the match

"It's their home, they're used to it, but we can't make any excuses. We need to perform better. No matter what temperature it is, we need to perform, and unfortunately today it wasn't our day. Credit to Orlando, they handled the weather well and they played well. Obviously, they played better than us and they got the victory and we're just disappointed that we got the loss."

FC Cincinnati Defender Kendall Waston

On the match

"Really tough one because in the first half, I thought we did really good. In the second half, I think we get a little fatigued and in bad defensive situations. Being 2-1 after was a little bit harder, letting in some goals and a little bit of [a lack of concentration] in our side, I think it was harder. In the end, the score of 5-1 is frustrating for us, because we don't like to concede so many goals."

On if he was surprised in the VAR's decision to give Orlando a penalty

"I was involved, obviously, in that situation, but he fell down on me. I know the referee, he is following instructions. I spoke with him and he is a really good referee, a nice guy, and obviously he has to follow what they tell him."

On if any progress was made in implementing a system

"Yeah, I think we are trying to continue working in those aspects and [building] from behind. In the first half, with more energy, we are doing it well. We have to improve where we are a little bit tired in this condition of hotness, we need to maintain our focus and we are going to continue working on those things."

On if he felt the scoreline reflected how the match went

"No, I don't think it reflects it, but at the end, what matters is three points. Now we have to go home, and hopefully we can step up from this and try to win those three points at home."


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