FC Cincinnati and the Red Bulls II square off for the hosts’ regular-season home finale with a United Soccer League regular-season record crowd guaranteed to be on hand at Nippert Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.
Cincinnati could break its single-game attendance record that was set during the 2016 USL Cup Playoffs in a matchup that will be crucial to the playoff hopes of both clubs.
Seventh-place Cincinnati (9-9-9, 36 points) has been held to back-to-back draws in its last two outings to keep the club hovering above the red line in the Eastern Conference. A stoppage-time equalizer by Jimmy McLaughlin on Tuesday night claimed a 1-1 draw with the Harrisburg City Islanders, leaving the club with plenty of work to do in its final five regular season games to secure a postseason berth.
By comparison, the sixth-place Red Bulls II (11-11-5, 38) have hit a strong run of form recently and took a third win in their last four games last Saturday night in a 2-1 win against Toronto FC II.
The defending USL Cup champions are looking to replicate their success of a season ago when they took a 2-1 victory at Nippert Stadium to extend an undefeated streak that has reached six games. NYRBII has scored 12 goals in its last four outings.