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Match Preview: FC Cincinnati at Harrisburg City Islanders

The City Islanders kick off the first of two home games this weekend against expansion club FC Cincinnati.

Harrisburg's Nick Nobel (left), Shane Campbell (middle), and Shane Johnson (right)
Harrisburg City Islanders

Game: FC Cincinnati at Harrisburg City Islanders

Date: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: FNB Field

Referees: REF: DAVE BRECKNER, AR1: Daniel Richman, AR2: Ryan Dos Reis, 4TH: Terrence Mull


Harrisburg City Islanders return home to host FC Cincinnati at FNB Field on City Island in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday at 7:00pm.

Captain Bobby Warshaw will return to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension against the Rochester Rhinos on April 30th. Unfortunately, the City Islanders will be without starting left back James Thomas who will suspended for this match after receiving two yellow cards in Harrisburg’s 1-2 loss to the Rochester.

FC Cincinnati have burst onto the scene in their inaugural year and sit in second in the Eastern Conference with 13 points and a game in hand on Conference-leading Louisville City FC. Cincinnati head coach John Harkes utilizes a 4-3-3 formation that has scored 12 goals in seven games this season.

Harrisburg will have to watch out for Cincy forward Sean Okoli, a former Seattle Sounders and New England Revolution player who has scored three goals for the Orange and Blue so far this season. His scissor-kick goal earlier in the season earned him a spot on ESPN Sportscenter’s Top Ten.

City Islanders projected starting lineup:

Goalkeeper: Nick Noble

Defenders: Shawn McLaws, Dante Leverock, Liam Doyle, Shane Johnson

Midfielders: Jose Barril, Bobby Warshaw, Mouhamed Dabo, Cardel Benbow

Forwards: Paul Wilson, Craig Foster