Cincinnati is coming off a 3-1 win over Ottawa on August 23rd to break
a four game winless streak. Before the win Cincy had suffered back to
back big losses to NYRBII 4-0 and Louisville City 5-0 respectively.
Cincinnati’s inconsistent form throughout the season somewhat mirrors
the Hounds in that both teams have not been able to find solid ground
and make a run to the top of the standings.
Cincinnati though, did make a very deep US Open Cup, going all the
way to the semi-finals before losing to New York Red Bulls 3-2 in
extra time. The loss was especially heartbreaking for Cincy
considering they had a 2-0 lead deep in the second half and the game was
The Red Bulls tied the game with two late goals and Bradley Wright-Phillips
scored in extra time to break Cincy hearts and end the bid to be one
of the few lower league winners of the cup.
You could argue that Cincy’s cup run may have had a bit of an effect on
the league form, which is somewhat significantly worse than the
expansion season of 2016
Look for Hounds killer Jimmy McLaughlin and top scorer Djiby Fall, who scored the winner at Highmark in April, to be the main threats.