Three Questions: Matchday 8
We're back for Matchday 8 and here are the three questions we have going into Hell is Real.
Who is Bringing the Bus?
Columbus Crew may be driving down 71 today to play at Nippert, but FC Cincinnati probably going to be the one to park the bus. In the MLSisBack tournament, manager Jaap Stam found success with setting up the team to be as defensive as possible. Only once in that tournament, against the Columbus Crew, did Cincinnati not bunker down and they lost 4-0. Since the regular season restarted, FC Cincinnat has not been playing as defensive. And while they got a draw against DC United, the 3-0 loss to Chicago is likely to send Stam back behind the wheel of a Metro bus and get to parking.
Will we see a Locadia goal?
While he had an amazing opportunity in the first match back against DC Untied, there were almost no opportunities against the Fire. FCC recorded exactly one shot on target, and it was a glancing header from defender and captain Kendall Waston. While the team may be playing defense, Locadia ought to still get his chances. A goal against Columbus would certainly help get the monkey off his back since missing that sitter against Portland.
Will a former FC Cincinnati player get revenge?
At this point it feels like half of Columbus's roster is made up of 2019 FC Cincinnati players. And while that's usually a terrible sign for a team's ability to win, just ask Miami how it's been going for them recruting former FCC players, Columbus is on top of the Eastern conference. Fatai Alashe, Fanendo Adi, and Derrick Etienne Jr. are playing for the 2019 expansion side. Adi failed to score against FCC last time these two teams faced each other, and fans will certianly be hoping he stays out of the box score tonight.