What we learned from FC Cincinnati’s Leagues Cup friendly win vs. Chivas Guadalajara

What we learned from FC Cincinnati’s Leagues Cup friendly win vs. Chivas Guadalajara

Published September 22, 2022
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FC Cincinnati’s winning everything in sight right now, regardless of the opponent or what league that club is from.

FC Cincinnati on Wednesday took down mighty Chivas de Guadalajara, a club that’s more than a century old and based in Mexico’s Liga MX, in a 3-1 victory at TQL Stadium.

“I thought it was a strong performance from the group after a relatively slow start,” FC Cincinnati head coach Pat Noonan said. “Once we figured out our defensive shape and how we wanted to press, I thought the guys did a really good job and turned that slow start into the close… I’m really pleased with the way the group came together and stepped up to beat a tough opponent.”

The lone blemish on FCC’s evening, which was a showcase game for the 2023 League Cup competition (more on that below), was a deflected goal by Pavel Perez. The shot changed direction on the way in and wrong-footed Cincinnati goalkeeper Alec Kann. The goal gave Chivas a 1-0 lead prior to a 49-minute weather delay.

The clubs returned to the field to complete the final 10 minutes of the first half and following that, along with an abbreviated halftime, Cincinnati went on the offensive.

Yuya Kubo knotted the match at one. Calvin Harris gave FCC a 2-1 lead.

Finally, Brandon Vazquez scored his 17th goal of 2022 off an assist by Alvaro Barreal. The goal was a poignant one as Vazquez not only supported Chivas as a child but he was reportedly recruited by the Mexican club to play for them.

“I think right now we’re focused on securing (MLS) playoffs with FC Cincinnati,” Vazquez said afterward. “This was one of those, like it says, it’s an exhibition match and its preparation for Leagues Cup next year. Yeah, it’s confidence that I have going into the game next week against Seattle. It’s been a couple games since I hit the back of the net, so it’s definitely nice to get that one.”

Here’s more on what we learned from FC Cincinnati’s friendly victory against Chivas de Guadalajara: