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Crash the Party
FC Cincinnati clinched the 2023 MLS Supporters’ Shield on Saturday with their win over Toronto. On Wednesday, they will have a raucous atmosphere for the celebration of their first MLS trophy in club history.
It will certainly be a party, but with nothing left to play for this regular season, where will Cincinnati’s focus be?
A motivated Red Bulls team, fighting for their playoff lives, could prove to be a spoiler at TQL Stadium on Wednesday.
Look Out, it’s Lucho
Forward Luciano Acosta has been one of the key cogs in a much-improved Cincinnati attack throughout the 2022 season.
With his 15 goals and 13 assists, no other player has more goal contributions than Acosta. He has six goal contributions in his last five matches alone.
Acosta’s name should be circled when it comes to shutting down a potent Cincinnati offense.
Do or Die
When taking tiebreakers into consideration, New York currently sit four points away from occupying the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
With only three matches left to play in the regular season, anything less than three points against Cincinnati will leave the Red Bulls in a tough position when it comes to making the playoffs.