RECAP | Brenner shines in 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake to extend unbeaten run

SANDY, Utah — FC Cincinnati played in the club’s first trip to America First Field in a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. The win extends FC Cincinnati’s unbeaten streak to 10 games and remains the league’s longest active streak.

Salt Lake opened the scoring in the 35th minute after a throw-in deep in Cincinnati’s defensive third. Jefferson Savarino was left untagged near the end line in a moment of confusion as Orange and Blue and Salt Lake took advantage.

Savarino lashed out in a quick cross and selected Maikel Chang, who rose over the Cincinnati defense and headed home for his second goal of the year.

Cincinnati hit back and equalized nine minutes later with Brenner’s 13th goal of the season. Alvas Powell assisted on goal and found the burner open on the rim of the Salt Lake box. The in-form Cincinnati forward positioned himself well and fired a low shot on goal.

Zac MacMath was in position to parry, but Brenner’s powerful shot was too much to handle. MacMath brought his body forward but watched the shot slide past and into the back of the net.

Real Salt Lake were awarded a late stoppage-time penalty after a poor back pass to Roman Celentano forced the rookie keeper to challenge Sergio Córdova in the box. Pablo Ruiz took the penalty spot but Celentano saved, his second save of the year, and ensured things stayed even until half-time.

Brenner would win the game for Orange and Blue in the 76th minute with a composed finish near the top of the Salt Lake range. Luciano Acosta created the chance, danced past a defender and played a pass in the direction of Brenner. The pass was contested by Salt Lake but ultimately landed at the feet of Brenner, who turned and defeated MacMath.

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The goal is Brenner’s 14th of the season and his fourth multiple-goal effort this year. The Brazilian forward has now scored five goals in his last two games.

FC Cincinnati returns to TQL Stadium for the Leagues Cup Showcase on Wednesday, September 21 to host Club Deportivo Guadalajara “Chivas”. The historic Liga MX club will travel to Cincinnati for a nationwide televised match, which will be broadcast in English on ESPN2 and in Spanish on Unimás. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m

Tickets start at just $20 for Wednesday nights! Visit the tickets page at or call 513-977-KICK for more information.


FC Cincinnati at Real Salt Lake
: September 17, 2022

contest: MLS regular season

Venue: America First Field
Participation: 20,222

kicking off: 9:38pm ET/7:38pm MT

weather: 67 degrees, sure

RSL – Maikel Chang (Jefferson Savarino, Jasper Loffelsend) 35′

CIN – Brenner (Alvas Powell, Álvaro Barreal) 44′, Brenner (without assist) 76′

· FC Cincinnati’s win over Real Salt Lake is their first ever. It’s now back-to-back wins for Orange and Blue against Western Conference opponents.

· Roman Celentano’s seven saves represent a career high. Celentano reset that mark on September 7 against New York City FC

· FC Cincinnati is sixth in the Eastern Conference, four points behind fourth-place New York City FC and five points ahead of eighth-place Atlanta United.

CIN: Roman Celentano, Álvaro Barreal (Ronald Matarrita 86′), Ian Murphy, Matt Miazga, Nick Hagglund, Alvas Powell (Ray Gaddis 72′), Obinna Nwobodo, Junior Moreno (Yuya Kubo 67′), Luciano Acosta (C), Brenner ( Dominique Badji (86′), Brandon Vazquez (Sergio Santos 72′)

Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, Allan Cruz, John Nelson, Zico Bailey

RSL: Zac MacMath, Andrew Brody, Marcelo Silva, Justen Glad, Aaron Herrera, Jasper Loffelsend (Brian Ojeda 46′), Pablo Ruiz (Scott Caldwell 78′), Diego Luna (Anderson Julio 65′), Maikel Chang (Justin Meram 65′) , Sergio Cordova (Danny Musovski 82′), Jefferson Savarino

Substitutes not used: Tomas Gomez, Nick Besler, Rubio Rubin, and Bryan Oviedo

head coach: Pablo Mastroeni

RSL – Jefferson Savarino (yellow card, dissent) 61′

CIN – Nick Hagglund (yellow card, foul) 33′

Branch. Referee: Logan Brown, Meghan Mullen

Fourth Official: Rubiel Vazquez

FC Cincinnati head coach Pat Noonan

“Sure, three big points in a difficult environment against a team that’s in a similar position fighting for a playoff spot. So happy with the group and the discipline and how the game was played it wasn’t perfect by any means but I think we talked about defense before the game, made sure we organized and communicated and are tough to break down . I think for the most part we’ve done that pretty well, aside from probably letting too many free services in the box. And then you know, with the ball we demanded a little more patient in the last third after the first half and I think our ball movement was better in the second half, could be more patient and able to get more numbers up front but we have found the goal and we found a way to watch the game in a big way. So an excellent performance and a big, big win for our group.”

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2023 FC Cincinnati Season Ticket Memberships are now available. Season Pass members are guaranteed the best seats at the best prices for every game at TQL Stadium in 2023, in addition to access to exclusive events, discounts on merchandise and more!

Season tickets for 2023 are available now at Fans looking for more information can contact a dedicated FC Cincinnati representative at (513) 977-5435 or email [email protected]

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FC Cincinnati is playing its fourth season in MLS competition in 2022 and its second at TQL Stadium. For the latest information on FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s official mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.

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