6:30 p.m. at FC Cincinnati • U.S. Open Cup • Streamed on USSoccer.com
Cincinnati made an Open Cup run in 2017
Preview: United (5-8-1 in MLS) will look to redeem itself from last season’s crash out of the U.S. Open Cup when it faces United Soccer League team FC Cincinnati (7-3-2) at Nippert Stadium. The tournament pits all levels of soccer in U.S. Soccer against each other. While the Loons lost 4-0 to Sporting Kansas City to start and end their campaign in 2017’s tournament, Cincinnati reached the semifinals, knocking out two MLS teams along the way. Cincinnati is first in the Eastern Conference of its second-division league. United is in ninth in the West in MLS. When Cincinnati hosted the Chicago Fire in last year’s tournament, which United backup goalkeeper Matt Lampson played in with Chicago, the team drew more than 30,000 fans to the University of Cincinnati stadium.
Quotable: “Big game for them. I know from our time in the USL [with Orlando City] what the Open Cup meant for us. They’ll take it incredibly seriously, and we’ll have to play well to get a result because as they proved last year ... it’ll be a difficult game for us.” – United coach Adrian Heath on Cincinnati
Numbers: Cincinnati will join MLS next season as an expansion team, bringing the league to 24 teams.
Injuries: United, M Sam Cronin (concussion), D Marc Burch (knee) and D Jerome Thiesson (groin) are out; M Rasmus Schuller and D Francisco Calvo are on national team duty. For Cincinnati, Lance Laing, a former United player from the North American Soccer League days, is questionable with an undisclosed injury.