FC Cincinnati vs. New York City FC | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 24
FC Cincinnati vs. New York City FC
Nippert Stadium - Cincinnati
August 17 - 7:30 PM ET


Coming off an emotional Hell is Real draw in Columbus, FC Cincinnati are seeking revenge from a three-goal defeat at Yankee Stadium to New York City FC. Meanwhile, NYCFC are looking to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Atlanta United when the Eastern Conference foes clash at Nippert Stadium Saturday night.

FC Cincy (5-17-3) raced out to an early two-goal lead only to settle for a 2-2 draw against Columbus Crew SC last Saturday. Darren Mattocks opened the scoring in the 16th minute and Emmanuel Ledesma made it 2-0 seven minutes later to get the expansion side off to a sparking start at a stunned MAPFRE Stadium. But the Crew responded with a Gyasi Zardes penalty kick and a 62nd-minute equalizer from Pedro Santos as the rivals were forced to share the points.

NYCFC (10-5-8) came out tentative at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. Once they started playing their style, it was too late against Atlanta United. Josef Martinez broke the stalemate three minutes from halftime on a sublime header and had his brace from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute. Heber came off the bench to give NYCFC a late lifeline, but an equalizer was not in the cards.   

This is the second meeting this year with NYCFC winning 5-2 in June with Heber scoring a hat trick, of sorts, burying a brace and adding an own goal. Maxi Moralez had a goal and three assists in the rout. 

FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati vs. NYCFC

Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 PM ET
Nippert Stadium


FC Cincinnati

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jimmy McLaughlin (M) - right ACL surgery
    • QUESTIONABLE: Fatai Alashe (M) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Kekuta Manneh (M) - shoulder injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Greg Garza (D) - right calf injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Fanendo Adi (F) - calf injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Frankie Amaya (M) - groin injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Spencer Richey (GK) - back injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Kendall Waston (D)
  • International duty:  None

    New York City FC

    Project Starting XI
      • Injury Report:
        • OUT: Joe Scally (D) - hip injury
        • OUT: Isamael Tajouri-Shradi (F) - ankle injury
        • OUT: Ebenezer Ofori (M) - knee injury
        • QUESTIONABLE: Alex Callens (D) - hamstring injury
        • QUESTIONABLE: Anton Tinnerholm (D) - hamstring injury
      • Suspended: None
      • Suspended after next caution: Ben Sweat (D), Valentin Castellanos (F), Alex Ring (M), Maxime Chanot (D)
      • International duty:  None

Series Matchup

  • This is the first all-time meeting between FC Cincinnati and NYCFC at Nippert Stadium. NYCFC won the first-ever meeting between the teams, 5-2, at Yankee Stadium June 6.


  • Referee: Nima Saghafi
  • Assistant Referees:  Corey Parker, Felisha Mariscal
  • 4th Official:  Kevin Broadley
  • VAR:  Jorge Gonzalez