For Futbol Membership Cincinnati, revenge towards the New York Purple Bulls group was a dish greatest served as a 4-objective thrashing earlier than a crowd of greater than 30,000.
After being dealt two demoralizing defeats by Purple Bulls groups within the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals and United Soccer League play in August – and being taunted about it on social media – FC Cincinnati flexed its offensive muscles on New York with a 4-2 win Saturday at Nippert Stadium.
FC Cincinnati scored two goals in each half, and took a 2-1 lead into the break via Austin Berry’s fifth-minute opener and, after Florian Valot leveled the score in the 18th minute for New York, Corben Bone’s go-ahead goal in the 32nd minute.
Harrison Delbridge added a rip from distance in the 67th minute, and Kenney Walker’s free-kick goal five minutes later iced the game for Cincinnati at 4-1.
Valot scored again in the 80th minute, but Cincinnati was well out of reach by that point.
Hung in the FC Cincinnati locker room and lockers prior to the match were sheets of paper that read “Never Forget,” and showed an image of a since-deleted mocking tweet from the New York organization directed at FC Cincinnati.
“You can take that down but all of us saw it,” Delbridge said of the tweet and its presence in the changing room pre-match. “That was definitely something we had in the back of our head and we owed them one. But yeah, it felt good to win at home, especially for these fans because who knows if we get another chance to play in front of them? It’s always pretty magical.”
The win played out before a USL single-game, regular season record crowd of 30,417, and provided a big boost to FC Cincinnati’s playoff push.
Cincinnati (10-9-9, 39 points) jumped the Red Bulls and moved into sixth place in the USL Eastern Conference.
Eight teams will advance to the playoffs from both USL conferences with the top four teams in each conference claiming home-field advantage.
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