HARRISON, NJ — For the second time this season, FC Cincinnati and the New York Red Bulls tied 1-1 on Saturday night in front of 16,525 fans at Red Bull Arena.
Nine of FC Cincinnati’s last 12 games have ended in a draw. The Orange and Blue (8-8-10) move to 34 points and seventh place at the end of the result. The Red Bulls (11-8-8) retain fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 41 points.
The Orange and Blue are reaching double-digit single-season draws for the first time in MLS club history. The FCC becomes the fourth team to win 10 draws this season (Portland, Columbus, New England).
Matt Miazga, in his second game for FC Cincinnati when signing from Chelsea FC, scored his second career MLS goal in the 13th minute.
FC Cincinnati’s only goal started with Álvaro Barreal sending a free kick into the box which Miazga, the New Jersey native and former Red Bulls defender, headed home past Red Bulls goalkeeper Carlos Coronel.
The goal was Miazga’s second career goal in MLS, his first since June 28, 2015 with the Red Bulls against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium.
Miazga is the 33rd player in club history to score an MLS goal for the Orange and Blue all-time. He is the 18th different FCC player to score a goal and/or an assist this season, extending the club’s single-season record in the tally.
Álvaro Barreal’s assist was his 10th career with the Orange and Blue. He is the second player to reach double-digit assists in his FCC career (Luciano Acosta, 24).
The lead would last for 10 minutes, as Patryk Klimala converted from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute for the Red Bulls in what would prove to be the game-winning equalizer. New York were awarded a penalty after VAR determined Junior Moreno had fouled Andres Reyes in the box.
The three shots by Orange and Blue on Saturday night were the rarest in club history. In the three games in club history where FC Cincinnati has recorded four or fewer shots in a game, the club is undefeated (4 shots: 3/10/19 at ATL, T 1-1; 4 shots: 22/ 07/20 vs RBNY, W 2-0; 3 shots: 08/20/22 at RBNY, T 1-1).
FC Cincinnati returns to TQL Stadium for the Hell is Real Derby home game on Saturday August 27 against the Columbus Crew. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on WSTR 64, streamed regionally on fccincinnati.com/stream, out-of-market on ESPN+, on radio on ESPN 1530 while an audio stream will be available through the iHeartRadio app.
FC CINCINNATI MATCH REPORT
FC Cincinnati v New York Red Bulls
Date: August 20, 2022
Competition: MLS Regular Season
Venue: Red Bull Arena
To start up: 6:08 p.m. ET
Time: 82 degrees, clear
RATING SUMMARY: 1-2-F
RBNY- Patryk Klimala (PK) 23′
CIN- Matt Miazga (Álvaro Barreal) 13′
PIN: Roman Celentano, Álvaro Barreal (John Nelson 78′), Matt Miazga (Ian Murphy 62′), Geoff Cameron, Nick Hagglund, Alvas Powell (Ray Gaddis 77′), Junior Moreno (Yuya Kubo 78′), Obinna Nwobodo, Luciano Acosta (C), Brenner, Brandon Vazquez (Arquimides Ordonez 90′)
Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, Tyler Blackett, Allan Cruz, Calvin Harris
RBNY: Carlos Coronel, Andres Reyes (Aaron Long 58′), Kyle Duncan, Sean Nealis (C), John Tolkin, Dru Yearwood (Steven Sserwadda 75′), Cameron Harper (Luquinhas 58′), Cristian Casseres Jr., Caden Clark (Lewis Morgan 58′), Daniel Edelman, Patryk Klimala (Tom Barlow 83′)
Substitutes not used: Ryan Meara, Frankie Amaya, Dylan Nealis, Tyler Pasher
The Head Coach: Gerhard Struber
SUMMARY STATISTICS: RBNY/CIN
Strokes: 14 / 3
Shoot to the net: 3 / 2
Checked in : 1 / 2
Corner kicks: 3 / 1
Faults: 15 / 13
Off-side : 0 / 2
Possession: 52.2 / 47.8
SUMMARY OF MISCONDUCT
CIN – Matt Miazga (Yellow Card) 37′
CIN – Obinna Nwobodo (Yellow Card) 66′
RBNY – Daniel Edelman (Yellow Card) 85′
Arbitrator: Ismail Elfath
ast. Referees: Corey Parker, Kyle Atkins
Fourth official: Kevin Broadley
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
ast. VAR: Mike Kammeinert
FC Cincinnati Head Coach Pat Noonan
On the result
“It was a sloppy game. I thought you were watching both sides of the ball, defensively we were pretty strong. I thought Geoff Cameron was outstanding tonight. Obi [Nwobodo] really grew in the game, did a really good job in midfield, helping us win balls and managing duels. Overall, with the ball, we were below par. Whether it was decision making on the ball, poor play, we just didn’t get enough from our attack of the night to be able to put them under a bit more pressure consistently. So on a night where we weren’t good with the ball, I think it’s good that we were able to defend solidly and see the game to make sure we got a point.”
On if the result is disappointing based on recent standings and draws
“Not really. I think on the road it’s always good to get a point. We have to think about it in these terms where when you’re not playing your best, even if you get up early, it’s always a good point. If we take care of our home results and be able to sneak a result on the road, I think that positions us well. So we certainly know that we have to take care of our home games, but it’s always important to get points on the road at this stage to keep us in the mix.”
On the sanction decision granted by the VAR
“I watched it, you know, it’s hard. I think you have to look at the particular piece and say, ‘is that clear and obvious?’ And you know, I could go either way. Again, if it happened on the other side and we could get a penalty, I think it could go both ways to be completely honest. Because the player goes to the ground, I don’t think he really knocks him down but you know, we take a piece of it and so that’s a shame. But you know, the disappointing part is that it really was the difference and you know it seems unfair in that regard. Again, they had chances, we had half chances, but it’s just a tough situation in terms of maybe losing a bit of momentum with a goal lead and how we conceded. “
Whether Vazquez, Brenner, Acosta attacking struggles were due to a concerted effort by the Red Bulls or individual struggles
“[A] combination, sure. Because I think there were times when when it came to certain duels and being stronger and holding the ball, I thought their backline was doing a really good job of making life difficult to our first three. But then there were times when we found space and we were able to put these guys on the ball with the ability to move us forward and then at those times I thought it was a bad pass, a bad call, a bad technique, we let ourselves down in those ways too. I think it was a combination of the evening that certainly frustrated our attack.”
On the goal of Miazga
“You could tell that obviously meant a lot to be at his old club and stuff off the pitch, which you might have seen in the celebration, it was more of an asset on set pieces, and he did a good job of attacking that free kick wide and getting it on the frame so it just gives us another weapon on those set pieces and another way to score goals on a night we weren’t sharp in the course of the game, he provided us with an important goal.
FC Cincinnati defenseman Matt Miazga
On the result
“Obviously when you come into the game and you’re 1-0 up, you’d like to keep closing that out. But we’re playing away, they’re a tough team, they work hard, they make it difficult with their style of play. I think we defended very well. But I also think [there’s] lots of things to work on as well and keep moving forward. So now we just have to get our bodies back and start working hard again in training this week to prepare for Columbus, which is a derby. But ultimately, yeah, disappointed with the draw. But if you look back they were on us for a good part of the game, we had our moments but I think we could have been a bit calmer as a team.
Back to face the Red Bulls
“I was hoping we would have three points. I could walk away with three points. I’d rather get a clean sheet than score a goal, to be honest. But yeah, it was nice to be back. It was a weird feeling at first because I was always on the other side of the locker room. And that’s where I grew up, you know, been here since I was a kid. Going to games as a ballboy, as a fan. And then you know, go like a Homegrown [Player], and play a lot of minutes, then leave. So I always carry Red Bull in my heart. But no, it’s FC Cincinnati. And I’m disappointed that we couldn’t get the three points, because I think that was the most important thing in my mind and in our minds.
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