September 25, 2022

FC Cincinnati returns to TQL Stadium to take on current Eastern Conference leaders New York Red Bulls. Kickoff on Saturday, July 9 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday will also feature the team’s annual Pride Match, presented by P&G and supported by Cincinnati Pride.

Local TV: Star64
Local flow:
Off-market flows: ESPN+
Radio: ESPN 1530
Talent: Tom Gelehrter (play by play), Kevin McCloskey (analyst), Alex Stec (sideline)

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

Tickets are still available, visit or call 513-977-KICK or 513-977-5425.

A special Pride scarf is available for this game, available exclusively from the team store at TQL Stadium and at, with $5 from every purchase donated to the non-profit Caracole.

Before the game, head to Washington Park between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to enjoy special activations, including:

– Music by the Queen City Freedom Band and DJ Matt
– Product samples and Giveway shirts from Presenting Sponsor P&G
– Activated Cincinnati Pride
– Food trucks and LGBTQ+ businesses
– FC Cincinnati soccer challenges
– Specials on beer, wine, seltzer water and beverages available for purchase at the Pitch

Fans can join the supporters’ march to TQL Stadium, departing from Washington Park at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Can’t make it to the game and looking for a place to watch Orange and Blue? Head to one of the club’s official pub partners for the season, which shows all home and away matches and offers fans opportunities to win prizes throughout the season.

The Red Bulls lead the MLS all-time series against FC Cincinnati, 4-2-1 (2-0-0 at Cincinnati).

Winners of four of their last six MLS contests, the Red Bulls have taken the lead in the Eastern Conference. Head coach Gerhard Struber led his team to six road wins, two more than any other team in the Eastern Conference.

New York is 6-3-1 on the road this season in MLS and has scored 15 goals in those games, which ranks second in the league. The club is 9-4-2 in its last 15 road games in MLS, outscoring opponents 20-13 in those games.

Nine different players have scored for the Red Bulls this season, led by Lewis Morgan’s eight goals. Brazilian midfielder Luquinhas added five goals, followed by four from Patryk Klimala and three from US men’s national team defender Aaron Long, who scored the winner in last weekend’s 1-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City.

New York will be without standout defender Sean Nealis, who until his 73rd-minute red card last time out against SKC hadn’t missed a minute of MLS action this season. Nealis has been part of a lockdown defense that includes Aaron Long, goaltender Carlos Coronel, who ranks third in Red Bulls history with 18 shutouts, defenders John Tolkin, Tom Edwards and Dylan Nealis who each have made at least 16 appearances this season. .

FC Cincinnati faces a first-placed side after the mid-season for the fourth time in club history (0-3-0). Last year, the Orange and Blue traveled to eventual Supporters’ Shield winners New England Revolution on August 21 and suffered a 4-1 defeat. This match, like the one on Saturday, took place during the 19th day of FC Cincinnati.

In 2020, FC Cincinnati hosted both Toronto FC (October 11) and Sporting Kansas City (October 28) within weeks, with both teams leading their respective conferences at the time. The two inflicted 1-0 defeats on the FCC in front of a quiet Nippert Stadium during the Covid-shortened 2020 season.

WELCOME TO THE QUEEN CITY – FC Cincinnati and the New York Red Bulls will meet for the eighth time, in Cincinnati for only the third. The Orange and Blue and the Red Bulls have never had a match decided by more than two goals.

In games in Cincinnati, FC Cincinnati never scored against the visiting Red Bulls, but also trailed for a total of 29 minutes. In the first MLS meeting on May 25, 2019, the Orange and Blue dominated New York, but it was Kaku’s 78th-minute goal followed by Omir Fernandez’s stoppage time sealer to earn a victory late.

Last year’s only goal was another late goal, as once FCC defender Andrew Gutman scored in the 73rd minute to give the visitors all three points.

MILESTONES AWAIT – FC Cincinnati forward Brandon Vazquez will make the 100th regular season appearance of his MLS career the next time he steps on the pitch. His next goal will also set the club’s single-season goalscoring record (he enters on Saturday aged 8).

FCC midfielder Luciano Acosta will make his 50th regular season appearance since joining FC Cincinnati. His 49 appearances since the start of the 2021 season are the most on the club (Brandon Vazquez – 48).

Allan Cruz will make the 50th start of his career the next time he is in head coach Pat Noonan’s starting XI. He started in New England for the second time this season, the first since the opener on February 26 at Austin FC.

BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BRENNER – FC Cincinnati forward Brenner is the third player in club history to score in three straight games. If he finds the back of the net on Saturday, he will be the first to score in four straight games.

His current three-goal streak matches Brandon Vazquez (October 2021 vs CHI, at MIA, vs NSH) and Luciano Acosta (April – May 2022 vs LAFC, at TOR, vs TOR) as the longest in club history.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH – FC Cincinnati captain Lucho Acosta was named MLS Player of the Month for June on Wednesday. The Argentine leads MLS in goal contributions (16) and assists (10) in 2022, while ranking second in key assists (48). He has produced at least one goal or provided an assist in 13 different games this season, which is the most in MLS. Acosta’s 33 contributions since the start of 2021 are the 4th most in MLS and his 20 assists are tied for 2nd.

Acosta is the first FC Cincinnati player to be voted MLS Player of the Month in club history. It is the second Player of the Month honor of his career (September 2018 with DC United), joining New York City FC’s Taty Castellanos, Atlanta United’s Josef Martínez and LAFC’s Carlos Vela as the only players to win. multiple MLS Player of the Month awards. since early 2018. Acosta is the 10th player in MLS history to be named Player of the Month with two different teams.


By taking on the Red Bulls who won first place
“I think opponents at the top of the table speak to the balance of the conference in a league where if you win a few games, you can jump pretty quickly or fall pretty quickly. They’re a worthy opponent, and certainly a Red Bulls team that had success on the road at the start of the year. They understand how to approach games on the road in a way that gets results. We know it will be a tough game. Granted, in terms of defensive pressure on the ball, that’s all heightened a bit in how we understand and prepare ball numbers, and ideas of how to overcome that pressure so you don’t turn the ball in dangerous areas and constantly finds himself defensively in moments of transition.

On Luciano Acosta, MLS Player of the Month for June
“There are certain accolades for me that you appreciate. There are others to which I don’t devote much time or conversation. It’s certainly good that our players are recognized, it’s always positive and deserving in the case of Lucho because he helped us achieve results and he produced consistently throughout the year. It’s always a good thing when we talk about them for the right reasons. So whether it’s Lucho or any other of our players, it’s the individual accolades and recognition that only come because our team is successful. So if our team is doing well, the guys will be recognized. And that’s what they have to understand.

If league voters should consider Acosta MVP
“They should. They should.”

FC Cincinnati’s 2022 schedule can be viewed HERE. Fans can create their custom 3 Match Flex Plan today. Choose three matches and save on the price of tickets for one match without charge at the cash desk. Fans can choose the same seats for three matches or select different options around TQL Stadium.

Single game tickets for any of FC Cincinnati’s remaining home games are also available now, go to or call 513-977-KICK, that is. -say 513-977-5425, to find out more.

FC Cincinnati is playing its fourth season of MLS competition in 2022 and its second at TQL Stadium. For up-to-the-minute FC Cincinnati news, visit the team’s official website at or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s official mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.