This story originally ran for The Cincinnati Enquirer on Sept. 27, 2018
Futbol Club Cincinnati won the United Soccer League regular-season title long before the final whistle shrilled Wednesday night in Richmond.
Leading the Eastern Conference since mid-June and unbeaten since late-May, FC Cincinnati both imposed its will in matches and scraped by in others during the current 20-game unbeaten run that now bolsters nine-consecutive wins.
The club with the best roster at the start of the season proved it will accumulate the most points by the end of it, even with three games remaining. But that achievement sounds easier said than done. (continue reading here)
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)
This story originally ran for The Cincinnati Enquirer on Aug. 17, 2018
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)
This story originally ran in The Cincinnati Enquirer on July 22, 2016
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
This story originally ran in The Cincinnati Enquirer on June 18, 2016
Two minutes changed everything.
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)
This story originally ran in The Cincinnati Enquirer on June 12, 2016
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)