FC Cincinnati scored on both sides of halftime to book a place of 16 rounds in the MLS Back to Tournament, using a 2–0 win to eliminate the New York Red Bulls in Group E.
Absorbing the pressure with a five-man backline, Cincy won the second match directly behind Yuya Kubo game winner in the 43rd minute. He blocked a poor takedown from RBNY center back Amro Tarek and then kicked home from 20 yards for a 1-0 lead.
Cine doubled their advantage in the 56th minute through a corner kick from Haris Meduzhanin. The veteran midfielder curbed left-footed serve that RBNY midfielder flared over Florian Walt and put in his own net by goalkeeper David Janssen for a 2–0 setback.
The Red Bulls now have a minus-3 goal difference, which will leave the Chris Armas team in the tiebreaker. A goal would have kept them alive, but Omir Fernandez missed a point-blank header in the 34th minute and the offense did not allow both natural strikers Tom Barlow and Brian White to enter until the 80th minute.
- 43 ‘- CIN – Yuya Kubo | The clock
- 56 ‘- CIN – Florian Velot (OG) | The clock
Man of the match was presented by Heineken
Yuya Kubo’s goal was against playing to some extent, but the designated player wouldn’t mind a bit. He capitalized on what he gave to the Red Bulls and now the Japanese striker has two goals. Kubo looked particularly sharp on the ball, and kept himself with Jurgen Locadia and is still injured.
- big picture: Sinesi is not playing free-flowing at the moment, attacking football, but he has back-to-back wins under new manager Japam. Booking spots in 16 rounds, they have doubled defensive cohesion and squad purchases. For the Red Bulls, they lacked a spark of attack after failing to score in their last two Group E games. Back to the Big Apple they go.
- MATCH OF THE MATCH: Yuya Kubo’s opener was impressive, but Florian Wallot’s own goal was flat. It also sealed the departure of the Red Bulls and gave Cincy a throne they never wanted to relinquish.
- You have met: The Red Bulls attempted to cross 51 on goal, but could not achieve any goals past that serve. He also held a 67% to 33% possession advantage and a 19-4 shots advantage, but underestimated those figures when the final whistle sounded.