FC Cincinnati coverage

Here is a selection of FC Cincinnati stories I’ve written between 2016-2018.

The Moment: Jimmy McLaughlin’s substitution in FC Cincinnati’s 4-3 win over Toronto FC II

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This story originally ran for The Cincinnati Enquirer on Sept. 17, 2018

Fanendo Adi scored one of the better individual goals in Futbol Club Cincinnati history Sunday afternoon, but its significance remains a footnote in a 4-3 win over Toronto FC II at Nippert Stadium.

Other moments offered quality as well, such as Emmanuel Ledesma shattering the United Soccer League single-season assists record and Corben Bone bagging a brace on his 30th birthday.

But if any moment changed the complexion of the match, Jimmy McLaughlin’s introduction altered the course of action and ultimately provided the primal sparks of FC Cincinnati’s win. (continue reading here)

Michael Lahoud personifies FC Cincinnati’s tactical adaptability


This story originally ran for The Cincinnati Enquirer on Aug. 17, 2018
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Barring a dramatic twist in Futbol Club Cincinnati’s future on-field proceedings, few matches and moments will deliver a seismic shock as much as the halftime chat on April 21 against Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

Trailing 1-0 in what later became a 2-2 draw, head coach Alan Koch said he threw out the club’s previous plans and implemented new ones that altered player roles, positioning and birthed FC Cincinnati’s dominance in United Soccer League play. (continue reading here)

In latest US Open Cup match, FC Cincinnati’s attack faces a familiar foe in Pittsburgh

This story originally ran for The Cincinnati Enquirer on May 23, 2018

Saturday night didn’t showcase perfection for Futbol Club Cincinnati, but it displayed the culmination of the club’s capabilities within its new-found attacking system.

In a 4-1 win over North Carolina FC at Nippert Stadium, FC Cincinnati dominated and provided an attractive style with cut-throat precision. Afterward, head coach Alan Koch called it “fantastic soccer.” (continue reading here)

Kenney Walker’s reintroduction aids FC Cincinnati’s resurgence

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This story originally ran for Major League Soccer on June 24, 2017

Kenney Walker is a human metronome.

Futbol Club Cincinnati’s center midfielder, Walker’s rhythmic consistency is one of his club’s greatest assets — even if he’s often undervalued.

But in FC Cincinnati’s 2-0 workmanlike performance over Saint Louis FC on Saturday night at Nippert Stadium, there was no getting around his influence on the match. (continue reading here)

Djiby Fall has career night in FC Cincy home opener

This story originally ran for Major League Soccer on April 16, 2017
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When he completed his hat trick, Djiby Fall celebrated with his teammates and stretched his arms toward The Bailey. The supporters responded with arms raised and blue and orange smoke bombs filled the air.

Futbol Club Cincinnati’s new striker had arrived at Nippert Stadium.

“I was so happy for what was happening today,” Djiby said. (continue reading here)


Analysis: No time to dwell on NYRB II loss

This story originally ran in  The Cincinnati Enquirer on July 22, 2016
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The final minutes of Wednesday night’s game resembled more of the same for Futbol Club Cincinnati: Piece together a strong performance, only for it to slowly unravel as the evening unfolds.

If FC Cincinnati’s developed any poor trends, it’s been this: A cemented result that crumbles in the last moments.

And against New York Red Bulls II, the trend reappeared and the result crumbled once more, as FC Cincinnati fell 2-1 at Nippert Stadium. (continue reading here)

Crystal Palace thanks FC for ‘phenomenal’ turnout

This story originally ran in  The Cincinnati Enquirer on July 17, 2016

Leaving the field, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew put on a white FC Cincinnati training top and beat his chest as he walked toward The Bailey.

He smiled and clapped in thankfulness before going over and acknowledging the Palace visiting supporters.

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It was a meaningful gesture to Cincinnati and the manager alike. After the match, Pardew said he was stunned by the experience as 35,061 spectators came to see his English Premier League club beat Futbol Club Cincinnati 2-0 on Saturday night at Nippert Stadium. (continue reading here)

FC Cincinnati downs Saint Louis FC, 2-1

This story originally ran in  The Cincinnati Enquirer on July 9, 2016

Futbol Club Cincinnati head coach John Harkes wanted a spark. Omar Cummings lit the fuse.

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Following a loss Wednesday night that snapped an 11-match uneaten run, FC Cincinnati responded Saturday night with one of its best performances of the season: a 2-1 win over Saint Louis FC at World Wide Technology Soccer Park.

Much of that dominance came from forward Omar Cummings. (continue reading here)


Two minutes changed everything for FC Cincy 

This story originally ran in  The Cincinnati Enquirer on June 18, 2016

Two minutes changed everything.

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Two goals in two minutes were enough to evaporate a dull first half and push Futbol Club Cincinnati past Toronto FC II 2-1 on Saturday night at Nippert Stadium.

Conceding a goal in the fourth minute to Toronto’s Raheem Edwards, Cincinnati played out a lackluster first half, looking sluggish and disoriented.

At the hour mark, however, Cincinnati took control of the match and ultimately preserved its fourth win in five games, improving the unbeaten record to nine. (continue reading here)

FC Cincinnati’s flashiest player continues to shine

This story originally ran in The Cincinnati Enquirer on June 12, 2016
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Sean Okoli turned toward The Bailey with his arms stretched out, basking in the spotlight.

Within Nippert Stadium’s rowdiest fan section, supporters celebrated and lit orange smoke bombs.

After smashing a one-time volley for his second goal of the match, the flashiest Futbol Club Cincinnati player was well aware he was midway through the best performance in the club’s brief history. (continue reading here)