After placing last in the standings for the previous two seasons, FC Cincinnati shocked the New York Red Bulls by defeating them in the first round of the playoffs. After a somewhat physical first half, the Red Bulls took the lead early in the second with a long-range rocket goal from leading scorer. The subsequent celebration, however, resulted in an injury to the Scottish star.
However, Cincinnati did score an equalizer in the 74th minute when Luciano Acosta converted a penalty kick after having a goal disallowed by VAR. Vazquez, the visitors’ top scorer during the regular season, scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to advance Cincy.
The that’s so Metro crowd saw yet another excruciating moment in a long line of them as the Red Bulls’ postseason nightmare continues. The Red Bulls once again fell short of making a postseason push, but this game will be remembered for Morgan’s goal and the injury that followed. While Cincinnati won their first-ever MLS playoff game away from home after placing dead last in the East in each of the previous two seasons, it will go down as one of the more memorable days in the club’s history.
What a chance for Vazquez, who has produced plenty of them already this year. Vazquez is one of the top attackers in MLS at the age of 24, yet it seems doubtful that he will be selected for the U.S. men’s national team’s World Cup roster.
FC Cincinnati will feel secure going into the MLS Cup playoffs because of their potent offense, which can keep them in almost any game. Although Brenner was the team’s most effective scorer in the closing stages, Cincy has reason to hope that they can pull off another upset or two if the Brazilian youngster can get going.
However, Cincinnati’s next challenge is challenging because they must go to Philadelphia to take on the Union. The Union have had a tremendous season and, depending on who you ask, maybe the favorites to win the MLS Cup.
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