Too late; didn't recap. Here is your late night takeaway for FC Cincinnati's win over Columbus Crew in Matchday 18, Hell is Real!

  • A win! A good win! A multi-goal win! Wow!
  • I said in the preview "A draw here, ideally one with goals, would be the biggest victory of the season". Well this certainly qualifies!
  • Admit it, when you saw the lineup you were nervous too.
  • But as Jonah Colina pointed out, the "best" lineup wasn't really getting it done was it?
  • There was an attacking plan!! What!?
  • Direct passing, direct shooting, route one soccer. It was a gameplan.
  • And it worked.
  • It wasn't beautiful early on, but it really worked.
  • Later into the first half and to start the second half there was a deliberate effort to focus on the wings.
  • Barreal is truly a breath of fresh air on the wings.
  • There was a saying with Clint Dempsey, "he just tried shit", Barreal is that for Cincinnati.
  • He's probably the best crosser of the ball on this roster.
  • Speaking of attackers who stood out, goodness gracious did Kubo have himself a game.
  • His best position is still clearly in the front three, but when he is allowed to go forward he is a threat.
  • The speed of his shot is underrated. He gets the ball off of his foot in a hurry.
  • And the pressure on him to make that PK was immense. Very well taken.
  • Bobby Edwards in goal was a surprise but he showed well in his debut.
  • A first half where he only faced one shot certainly helps look good.
  • Oh and that shot was a PK, that he guessed correctly on. Solid effort.
  • Giving Edwards that easy start was a defense that looked competent.
  • Early on there were moments when it looked like they might have lost attackers in the shuffle, but handled them well overall.
  • Columbus didn't get a goal from a cutback pass to the top of the box! Hooray!
  • Is Pettersson the best centerback on the team? He put together a case tonight.
  • Abdul-Salaam's experience in MLS shows, very competent in defense and going forward.
  • Hagglund is having himself a 2020. A scapegoat last year, he's really stepped up in the last few weeks.
  • And he scored!
  • Austin Berry and Nick Hagglund, two Cincinnati native center backs who score for FCC in Nippert. You love to see it.
  • Gutman completed just two passes in Columbus's half and no successful crosses, maybe he doesn't need to get forward.
  • Kamo is a good distributor of the ball, but it is way too easy to take the ball off of him.
  • The entire team parking the bus in the last 20+ minutes of the match felt earned.
  • It was nice to watch a defense-heavy gameplan when the team had the lead!
  • It was also really nice to see the team respond and change up the style of play to respond to the opponent and honestly the moment.
  • Winning papers over a lot of cracks doesn't it?
  • Just to be a bummer, both goals were not from open play.
  • FCC can't seem to score if it's not a set piece or an own goal.
  • A win is a win is a win.
  • Overall this was a fantastic effort from the team, manager and players.
  • In true Cincinnati form, the hustle was on display tonight.
  • Here's to hoping everyone is healthy coming out of this one. Kubo, Barreal, Medunjanin, and Cruz either looked to have tweaked something or came out injured.
  • Given the Eastern Conference's stupidly large number of teams that qualify for the playoffs, FCC is still in the hunt.

You know you want to hope.