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‘First-Class’ König Sparks Cincinnati

By CHARLIE CORR - charlie.corr@uslsoccer.com, 05/21/17, 10:00AM EDT

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With 18,441 on hand at Nippert, newly acquired striker delivers


Photo courtesy of Brett Hansbauer / FC Cincinnati

CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati forward Danni König hadn’t delivered a performance like Saturday’s in approximately 21 months.

A runner-up in the 2015 USL Golden Boot race and an MVP finalist that year, the recently acquired striker from OKC Energy FC gave his new club the type of output he and the devoted FCC fan base are hoping for whenever he takes the pitch.

König scored two goals to lead FCC to a needed 2-1 victory against Bethlehem Steel FC in front of a crowd of 18,441 at Nippert Stadium. It was König’s first multi-goal game since a hat trick during Energy FC’s 4-3 victory against the Portland Timbers 2 on Aug. 8, 2015.

“Danni was first-class tonight and showed what we know he’s capable of,” FCC Head Coach Alan Koch said. “Last weekend, he had a tough game, but we made the decision to start him again tonight and we’re so happy for him and our group.”

König is coming off a lackluster four-goal, four-assist 2016 season with Energy FC after tallying 22 times during the 2015 campaign. Rejuvenating that scoring production in a match was a welcome sight for FCC, which erased a five-game winless stretch that included just three goals during that span.

“It was amazing,” König said. “I live for scoring goals and that feeling you get from it. It’s not like anything else. It’s always nice to have a coach that believes in you the way that Alan does and has confidence in you.”

König opened his scoring account in the 18th minute, and with the score tied in the early stages of the second half, the Danish forward delivered again in the 52nd minute.

Koch hopes the club has turned a corner following a 2-0 home loss to Orlando City B the previous weekend at Nippert.

“We weren’t happy with last weekend’s result, so we made some adjustments in the lineup and tonight the players were rewarded for their hard work tonight,” Koch said. “I really do think we’re trending in the right direction after seeing how the guys looked tonight. We have high expectations for our group.”


Photo courtesy of Brett Hansbauer / FC Cincinnati

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