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USL Match Preview – #HARvCIN

By Staff, 09/11/17, 9:01AM EDT


FCC looks to boost position in opening game of big week

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Eighth-place FC Cincinnati will try to boost its position in the USL Eastern Conference standings on Tuesday night when it visits a Harrisburg City Islanders side looking to build on a big weekend victory as it returns home to FNB Field. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Harrisburg City Islanders news and notes

  • Current record: 7-14-6, 27pts

  • The City Islanders grabbed a dramatic victory on Saturday night as a stoppage-time goal by Pedro Ribeiro earned a 2-1 victory against Saint Louis FC at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis.

  • The victory snapped an eight-game winless streak for Harrisburg, which had last taken victory on July 15 against the Richmond Kickers.

  • Ribeiro’s goal was his third of the season, and his first since returning from a mid-season injury that hampered Harrisburg’s attack. In the past two outings Harrisburg has scored four goals after being held scoreless for six consecutive games.

  • City Islanders midfielder Abass Mohammed is third in the league in tackles won with 61, and sixth in the league in duels won with 149.

FC Cincinnati news and notes

  • Current record: 9-9-8, 35pts

  • Cincinnati played to a 1-1 draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in its last outing on September 2 at Nippert Stadium, and enters Tuesday’s contest in eighth place in the USL Eastern Conference.

  • Andrew Wiedeman scored the equalizer for FCC against Pittsburgh, which had taken an early lead at Nippert Stadium.

  • Goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt sits second in the USL with 81 saves this season as the side has recorded only six shutouts in 26 games so far this season.

  • FCC forward Djiby Fall is tied for the league-lead with five headed goals this season, almost half of his 11 goals in the USL regular season.

Series Notes

  • Cincinnati took a 3-0 victory at Nippert Stadium in a lightning-delayed contest earlier this season and is now 2-0-1 all-time against the City Islanders.


  • Harrisburg – GK: Nick Noble, Brandon Miller, Sean Lewis; D: Griffin Libhart, Travis Brent, Tiago Calvano, Lee Nishanian, Jake Bond, James Thomas, Abass Mohammed, Chris Hill, Shawn McLaws; M: Mouhamed Dabo, Jonny Mendoza, Paul Wilson, Rasheed Olabiyi, Danny DiPrima, John Grosh, Pedro Ribeiro; F: Manolo Sanchez, Aaron Wheeler, Michael Olla, Cardel Benbow, Ropapa Mensah, Fredrick Opoku

  • Cincinnati – GK: Mitch Hildebrandt, Dan Williams, Dallas Jaye; D: Matt Bahner, Tyler Polak, Harrison Delbridge, Pat McMahon, Austin Berry, Garret Halfhill, Justin Hoyte, Sem de Wit, Kevin Schindler, Mele Temguia, Josu; M: Aodhan Quinn, Kenney Walker, Paul Nicholson, Aaron Walker, Corben Bone, Jimmy McLaughlin, Marco Dominguez; F: Kadeem Dacres, Djiby Fall, Danni König, Kyle Greig, Andrew Wiedeman


  • Harrisburg – Accumulation warning: Abbas Mohammed

  • Cincinnati – Accumulation warning: Sem de Wit



  • AR1: Melvin Holmes

  • AR2: Mark Treilman

  • 4TH: Michael Guzzetta

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  • #HARvCIN

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