Preview | Communication deepens with FC Cincinnati travel to face Philadelphia Union

FC Cincinnati returns to action after a three-week break to face Philadelphia Union. Kick-off from Subaru Park in Chester, Pennsylvania on Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Head coach Pat Noonan will lead the Orange and Blue team for the first time against his former club, where he has been an assistant coach since 2018. Saturday will also see the return of three former players from the Federation to face Philadelphia, including for the first time. Ray Gaddis, the union’s all-time leader in appearances.

FC Cincinnati at Union Philadelphia – Saturday, June 18, 2022 – 7:30 PM ET – Subaru Park
how to watch
local TV: star 64
local stream:
out-of-market flow: ESPN +
radio: ESPN 1530
talent: Tom Gellherter (play by play), Kevin McCluskey (analyst), Alex Stick (fringe)

Be sure to follow @FCCincinnati on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for live updates from the game.

Head to TQL Stadium for FCC3, presented by Medpace. Fans can still register for the 3-mile rally/run that will benefit the FC Cincinnati Foundation and Flying Pig Marathon charities. The race starts at 6pm

Then stick to the free, family-friendly TQL Watch Party cheering on the orange and blue from the TQL Stadium. Fans can still attend TQL Watch Party regardless of participating in FCC3 by getting free tickets to the event.

Not in the area? Fans can also watch the action at one of 14 official bar partners scattered across the region, courtesy of Coors Light.

chain all times
Philadelphia Union tops the historical standings over FC Cincinnati, 5-0-1 (3-0-0 at home).

Philadelphia Scout Association (6-1-7, 25 points, 2nd Eastern Conference)
Jim Curtin’s team is strong again in 2022 with just one loss through 14 games, the lowest in the MLS. Al Ittihad is currently in a position to finish third in the Eastern Conference for the fourth consecutive season.

For the fourth consecutive season, the Federation has traded away or passed all of their MLS SuperDraft selections for the month of January. Instead, the club continues to focus on its famous academy. Homegrown players Paxten Aaronson, Quinn Sullivan, Jack McGlenn and Brandan Craig have all been shortlisted for the US 20-man squad for the 2022 CONCACAF tournament, which will serve as a qualifier for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Notable off-season acquisitions for the Federation included DP acquisition from Inter Miami CF Julián Carranza as well as their off-season signing, Superliga Golden Boot winner Mikael Uhre.

Consistency has been key for Philadelphia this season. Nine players have started in at least 12 of the league’s 14 matches. This includes goalkeeper Andre Blake, center back Jacob Glesnis and left back Kai Wagner, who has not missed a minute of play this year. Glisnes center back Jack Elliott missed just nine minutes of the 1,260 that Philly has played this year in MLS play.

The Federation is bringing into Saturday 12 unbeaten home runs in a regular season competition dating back to last September. Philadelphia has conceded the fewest goals in the league, only 10 goals in 14 games. They have 0.71 goals against average and are only behind in the first half once this season.

Game Stories
Deep connections between FCC employees… –
Head coach Pat Noonan will face the Philadelphia Union for the first time since he was named leader of the Orange and Blue on December 14, 2021. Noonan has served as assistant coach alongside Jim Curtin for the past four seasons, being appointed in January 2018.

Noonan was appointed head coach of the FCC by General Manager Chris Albright, the former technical director of the federation. Since retiring from playing after the 2013 season, Al Ittihad has won the Ansar Shield (2020), won five play-off matches, and finished second in the US Open Lamar Hunt Cup three times.

… and among the FCC players – Three FC Cincinnati players have previously spent time with the Etihad in their careers. No one from either side featured more Saturday night with the Etihad than Ray Gaddis, who scored more than 19,000 minutes in 221 games with Philadelphia. He’s the league’s all-time leader in appearances and starts, 30 more players than any other.

Haris Medunjanin spent three seasons at Philly (2017-19), making 109 appearances including 108 appearances in all competitions. He scored six goals and contributed 19 assists. He also scored the FCC’s only goal in the series ever, with his 82nd-minute goal at TQL Stadium last season on October 9.

FCC defender Alvas Powell spent the 2021 season with Al Ittihad, making five regular appearances in the season and starting in the first two MLS Cup games, playing 229 minutes during both matches.

Active helpers – Five MLS players currently have an active streak of assisting in two back-to-back games. Two of those five are Luciano Acosta of the FCC and John Nelson. Nelson, who made one goal contribution in his first 36 games of his career in the MLS, provided assists in back-to-back games while Acosta contributed a goal in seven consecutive games that continues the longest streak in the club’s history.

ÁLVARO ON A ROLL – Alvaro Barreal on Saturday brought in the first streak of his career, having scored in the previous two games, on May 21 against New England Revolution and May 28 in Montreal. If he scores on Saturday, he would become the second player in club history to score in three consecutive MLS games (Brandon Vasquez – October 20-27, 2021 – against CHI, at MIA, against NSH).

Barreal’s last goal in Montreal was the 100th regular season goal in MLS history for an FCC team.

since opening – Since the FCC’s inaugural season loss at Austin FC, the orange and blue have a positive total goal difference (21 GF, 20 GA: +1), including +1 in road games (10 GF, 9 GA).

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