FC Cincinnati Academy Roundup: March 5-6


FC Cincinnati Academy is back in full swing, returning to competition with the U15 and U17 teams taking on League Pro Player Pathway competition in Houston. The U13, U14 and U19 teams held games at Mercy Health Training Center to start a busy spring for the Young Garys.

In the first games competition of 2022, here’s how FC Cincinnati Academy fared:

U13 | FC Cincinnati Academy 0, Indiana Fire Academy 1

A hard-fought game on a spring day in Milford saw the Orange and Blue go down, 1-0.

U14 | FC Cincinnati Academy 0, Indiana Fire Academy 6

The FCC Academy U14s couldn’t do much in a 6-0 loss.

U19 | FC Cincinnati 3, Michigan Wolves 2

A scrappy win for Orange and Blue saw Josh Head score for FCC in the opening minutes of the game. Gerardo Valenzuela scored from the penalty spot early in the second half, and a later goal from Daniel Samways secured the win.

Les Orange et Bleu, who took out a man for part of the game, saw solid play in goal from Paul Walters who saved a penalty.

U13 | FC Cincinnati Academy 3, Bavarian United SC 0

The U13 squad rebounded from Saturday’s loss with a shutout win. Merrick Joska scored a brace and assisted Harlan Smith’s goal to lead to the 3-0 victory.

U14 | FC Cincinnati Academy 1, Bavarian United SC 3

Will Kuisel’s impressive free-kick goal put Orange and Blue on the scoresheet, but Young Garys fell to Bavarian United.

U15 | Houston Dynamo FC Academy 2, FC Cincinnati Academy 0

In scorching Houston, Cooper Wiseman in goal and Kasole Williams in defense stood out with strong performances, but the Orange and Blue fell to Dynamo.

U17 | Houston Dynamo FC Academy 0, FC Cincinnati Academy 2

Isaac Calderon and Jio Gabriel Mora each scored as the visitors cruised to victory in Lonestar State. In hot and windy conditions, Zack Kacic got a clean sheet with a solid performance in goal.

The Young Garys return to the field on Wednesday March 9 to kick off a busy week of action over three separate days. The U17s and U19s are kicking off a busy week at the Indiana Fire Academy, followed by five games on Saturday and Sunday.

The U15 and U17 teams continue to face regional rivals at the Columbus Crew Academy. The U13 and U14 teams host the action at Mercy Health Training Center and the U19 team heads north to Grand Rapids, Michigan on Sunday.

  • U17 at Indiana Fire Academy – 6:30 p.m.
  • U19 at Indiana Fire Academy – 6:30 p.m.
  • U13 vs Beadling SC – 1pm – Mercy Health Training Center
  • U15 at Columbus Crew Academy – 2 p.m.
  • U14 vs Beadling SC – 3pm – Mercy Health Training Center
  • U17 at Columbus Crew Academy – 4 p.m.
  • U19 at Midwest United – 2:30 p.m.

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