Improving FC Cincinnati stays with New England to the end in 3-2 loss

Brandon Vazquez scored another goal for FC Cincinnati

Saturday, May 21, 2022

CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati conceded late to the New England Revolution to suffer a 3-2 loss Saturday night at TQL Stadium. The loss snapped a four-game MLS win streak for FCC.

The Orange and Blue fall to 6-6-1 (19 points). New England with the win improve to 4-5-3 (15 points).

The Revs struck first in the 17th minute on a goal from Sebastian Lletget, but the Orange and Blue equalized just nine minutes later on a goal from Brandon Vazquez in the 26th minute. 

Luciano Acosta maintained possession in the box occupying multiple defenders when he laid off a pass to John Nelson. FCC’s left back hit a one-time cross across goal to a leaping Vazquez, whose header could not be kept out of the net.

Vazquez’s goal extended his team-high in goals to seven, and his career club record in goals to 13.

Adam Buksa put the visitors ahead before halftime in the 43rd minute, his sixth straight game with a goal across all competitions.

FC Cincinnati equalized again in the 58th minute, the first MLS goal of the season scored by Álvaro Barreal.

Once again the buildup started with FC Cincinnati’s captain Luciano Acosta, who distributed a pass down the right sideline to Dominique Badji. Badji fired a cross across the box to a wide open Barreal, who set up a one-time finish with his preferred left foot to level the score.

Barreal scored for the first time in MLS action since July 3, 2021 at Houston Dynamo FC. His goal was the fourth total goal he has scored this season across all competitions, with three coming in U.S. Open Cup play including at New England on May 11.

FCC conceded in the 89th minute on a goal from New England’s Thomas McNamara to give the visitors all three points from the contest.

The Orange and Blue head north of the border again for a rematch with CF Montréal next Saturday, May 28. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the game can be watched on Star64, streamed in-market at, out of market on ESPN+ and listened to on the radio on ESPN 1530.

FC Cincinnati vs. New England Revolution
Date: May 21, 2022
Competition: MLS Regular Season
Venue: TQL Stadium
Attendance: 22,844
Kickoff: 7:28 p.m. ET
Weather: 67 degrees, cloudy

CIN: 1-1-2
NE: 2-1-3

CIN – Brandon Vazquez (John Nelson, Luciano Acosta) 26’, Álvaro Barreal (Dominique Badji, Luciano Acosta) 58’

NE – Sebastian Lletget (Brandon Bye) 17’, Adam Buksa (Brandon Bye, Carles Gil) 43’, Thomas McNamara (Brandon Bye) 89’


• Brandon Vazquez scored for the 13th time for FC Cincinnati, the most goals in club history.
• Vazquez has scored four headed goals this season, tied for the most in MLS this season (Adam Buksa, New England).
• Álvaro Barreal’s goal was his fourth career MLS strike with FC Cincinnati, his first at TQL Stadium since the first FCC goal in club history at the stadium (May 16, 2021 vs. MIA).
• Luciano Acosta wore the captain’s armband for the 41st time in his FCC career, which matches Kendall Waston for the most times in the club’s MLS history.
• Acosta’s two assists were his 14th and 15th in an FCC uniform, extending his club record.
• John Nelson’s assist was his second career goal contribution (9/19/20 with DAL at SKC).
• Yuya Kubo made his first appearance since April 24 vs. LAFC and Ray Gaddis made his first appearance since April 16 at Atlanta United FC.
• Due to severe weather, the game was delayed 1 hour and 20 minutes prior to starting.

CIN: Roman Celentano, John Nelson, Ian Murphy, Nick Hagglund, Alvas Powell (Ray Gaddis 61’), Junior Moreno, Obinna Nwobodo, Álvaro Barreal, Luciano Acosta (C), Dominique Badji (Yuya Kubo 75’), Brandon Vazquez (Arquimidies Ordonez 84’)

Substitutes not used: Kenneth Vermeer, Tyler Blackett, Geoff Cameron, Nick Markanich, Haris Medunjanin, Harrison Robledo

Head Coach: Pat Noonan

NE: Matt Turner, Andrew Farrell, Omar Gonzalez (Jonathan Bell 83’), Brandon Bye, DeJuan Jones, Wilfrid Kaptoum (Lucas Maciel 64’), Carles Gil (C), Sebastian Lletget (Gustavo Bou 46’), Thomas McNamara, Damian Rivera (Dylan Borrero 65’), Adam Buksa (Emmanuel Boateng 80’)

Substitutes not used: Djordje Petrovic, Justin Rennicks, A.J. DeLaGarza, Ryan Spaulding

Head Coach: Bruce Arena

Shots: 10 / 10
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 1 / 0
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 7
Offside: 1 / 0
Possession: 52.8 / 47.2

NE – Damian Rivera (Yellow Card) 5′
CIN – Obinna Nwobodo (Yellow Card) 23′
NE – Emmanuel Boateng (Yellow Card) 90+3′

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Ast. Referees: Jose Da Silva, Brian Dunn
Fourth Official: Elvis Osmanovic
VAR: Armando Villarreal
AVAR: Mike Kampmeinert


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