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CINCINNATI – Danni König scored his third goals in the past two games as FC Cincinnati earned a 1-0 victory against Toronto FC II in front of 18,214 fans at Nippert Stadium on Saturday night. Neither side threatened much early, but Cincinnati (4-4-3, 15pts) took the lead in the 18th minute when a cross from the left by Tyler Polak got through the six-yard area and found Danni König at the back post for close-range header. Toronto (1-6-4, 7pts) began to look more dangerous as the half went on, and got a good chance to equalize when Shaan Hundal was slipped into the right side of the penalty area, only for FCC goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt to save. TFC II again went close early in the second half when a corner from the left came to Luis Pereira, and his shot from 14 yards deflected and was cleared off the line by Polak. Hundal then hit the post after being slid in behind the FCC defense after a good through-ball by Sergio Camargo in the 63rd minute, while FCC’s Austin Berry almost added to his side’s lead on a surging run forward after picking off a pass in the center circle. Toronto’s late pressure didn’t create a clear chance for an equalizer, though, as FCC earned back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
18’ – CIN – Danni König (Tyler Polak)
Three Things That Matter:
1. The change of scenery that was afforded Danni König by his move to FC Cincinnati continued to pay off for FCC as the Danish striker scored his third goal in the past two games to give Cincinnati back-to-back league wins for the first time this season. With the similarity between the two forwards’ styles, it’s also going to pose an interesting conundrum for Cincinnati Alan Koch as to what the play is when Djiby Fall is available after completing his six-game league suspension. Wednesday’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game with Louisville could provide a clue with Fall eligible to suit up.
2. Toronto again was unable to find the net, but the manner the team played on Saturday evening should give the side hope that a turnaround is coming in the attacking third. Shaan Hundal was positive throughout, and unlucky not to find an equalizer in the 63rd minute as he broke FCC’s high line and saw his effort hit the post. Toronto finished with more shots than its hosts as its midfield linked well throughout the second half, and could be dangerous to its next few opponents.
3. Cincinnati is now back close to where it was expected to be in the USL’s Eastern Conference standings at the start of the season, but after taking two home wins against teams it would have been expected to get results against the upcoming week could give a bigger view of how this season could end for Head Coach Alan Koch’s side. Hosting River Cities rival Louisville City FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a home game against Columbus Crew SC the reward for the winner, and a trip to face the Rochester Rhinos next Saturday night will be two major tests for FCC to come through.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Tyler Polak, FC Cincinnati – Polak recorded the assist on the only goal of the game, and made a goal-line clearance to make it stand as the winner, as FCC earned victory.
FC Cincinnati at Rochester Rhinos – June 3, 6:05 p.m. ET, Capelli Sport Stadium
Toronto FC II at Saint Louis FC – June 2, 8:30 p.m. ET, Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis