Three Questions Preview: Matchday 14
Tonight is Matchday 14, that's officially a fortnight of matches, and here are the three questions on my mind going into the match against New York City FC.
Will Locadia accept our energy?
A few hours before kickoff has allowed fans to flood twitter with the hashtag #LocaTakeMyEnergy. The anime reference is that fans are sending their energy to yip-infected Jurgen Locadia. Locadia for his part has done everything right for FC Cincinnati except score goals. He seems to find new ways to miss shots each week, and it's becoming agonizing to watch him come so close but be so far away from the promised land. With just one goal in 10 appaerances, he's long overdue. A goal tonight is sure to make FCC Twitter insufferable. Let's hope it happens.
Should this match have even been played?
Cincinnati defender Nick Hagglund tested positive for Covid-19 in the days following the match with the Philadelphia Union. Other MLS matches are being delayed due to positive tests, and MLB has delayed numerous games due to positive tests this summer. While Hagglund's wife and kids have not tested positive yet for the disease, the risk is certainly there and has been there for his teammates to get this disease. Time will tell if this match should have been played at all, but you have to feel like it shouldn't be.
Will NYCFC be the same without Heber?
Heber has been one of the best played in MLS over the last year and a half. Unfortunately for him, he has torn his ACL and is going to miss the entire rest of the season. Charles Boehm wrote for mlssoccer.com that Heber's loss could be as bad for NYCFC as Josef Martinez's loss has been for Atlanta United. Given that FCC has played NYCFC tight this year, losing just 2-1 back on the 12th of September. With this loss, NYCFC ought to be there for the taking for FC Cincinanti tonight.