Takeaway: Match Day 9
September 2, 2020
Too Late; Didn't Recap: It was a loooooong match that ended in a 0-0 draw. The new normal for FCC seems to be draws, when last year they only managed 6 all season. Here is your late night take out.
- Another match fans will feel disapointed they didn't win.
- A team that just crushed FCC 3-0 was played to a draw and looked like the worse side.
- This is a team that now leads the league in clean sheets, one year removed from being one of the worst defenses in MLS history.
- Stam is making huge progress.
- FCC started off on the front foot and basically never let go.
- Chicago fouled a lot this game, a lot. Again.
- So many Chicago fouls were never called.
- FC Cincinnati is pressing on a trigger, usually the second back pass in a row, and it threw Chicago off to start the match.
- Huge praise to Greg Garza, maybe his best FCC performance to date.
- Garza's passing ability is night and day from Gutman.
- With Garza being able to connect passes to the midfield, the offense was able to sustain attacks and rebuild multiple times.
- Regattin either being given a lot of freedom or taking a lot of liberty, but he is everywhere.
- Frankie Amaya is relentless.
- If Frankie Amaya isn't the best player on this team, he's 1-B to whoever you're putting up top.
- Frankie's defense is on full display, but his ability to go forward is being pulled back.
- Joe Gyau came into this match with the best form and an argument for best player on the team, and he didn't have a bad game.
- I would love to hear what Waston's haters took issue with this game.
- Waston was lock-down solid this match and is the best player in MLS in the air.
- van der Werff is a huge upgrade from Pettersson.
- van der Werff is very vocal directing traffic and positioning.
Deplange has his shaky moment, but you can see why he plays every match under every manager.
- The defense playing out of the back is stressful. Maybe because it's new, maybe because there are a lot of near misses, but it's not comfortable.
- de Jong's passing is superb.
- He does get out of position and is slow to get back. But the fluidity of this team allows for that.
- A midfield of de Jong and Medunjanin was a lot better than expected.
- FCC had a calmness about them in possession that we have not seen for a few years now. Very easy on the eyes.
- Locadia... he's got a monkey on his back.
- Once the first goal goes in for him, he'll be in form. Right? Right!?
- So many chances are there but at least the chances are there. He is certainly trying and you can't say he lacks effort.
- So long as he keeps getting into position, he'll score goals.
- Not many teams can bring two DP's off the bench in the 64' of a tie game, but FCC did just that.
- Kubo and Cruz played well, if unremarkable.
- Before coming to Cincinnati Kubo was a striker, and an occasional winger. Now he seems to be only a midfielder. Very odd.
- The flexibility of this team's shape, being able to comfortably move between 3, 5, and 4 at the back is something we've never seen before from an FC Cincinnati team.
- Tyton should be the starter going forward until he gets hurt. Ride that hot hand.
- Plenty to be confident about going into Columbus on Sunday.
- How much better is this than getting beat 7-1 and 5-2?
- This team is adding more talent and is proving very difficult to beat already.
- Hell is Real.