Tuesday, May 7, 2019

FC Cincy Dismiss Coach

Alan Koch has been let go after just 11 games into FC Cincinnati's 1st MLS season. President and general manager Jeff Berding said in a team release:

“After a series of recent issues and a team culture that had deteriorated, we determined that it’s time to make a change to return a club-centered focus to the team... We have not come close to maximizing the talent we have in the dressing room this year, nor have we seen a foundation being built that will set us up for success this year and into next year."

There are precisely 2 things to pull out of this statement.

I believe Cincy is sensitive to the fact that they gave up everything neat about having a soccer team in order to have the "privilege" of playing in MLS. Summed up here:

FC Cincy's roster is not very good. At the start of the season, I had their starting XI ranked 10th in the East (only above Chicago Fire and Orlando) with an average bench. Right now they are about where I expected them to be, sitting at 11/12 in the East.

The Eastern Conference is filled with some very average teams this year, but I don't think it is all that unreasonable to think anything better than last is a pretty good bar to get over with this roster.

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