CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - FC Cincinnati failed to maintain its lead as it fell to the New York Red Bulls II 2-1 on Wednesday night at Nippert Stadium.
It was a bit of a slow first half as the only real chance came from Red Bulls' Derrick Etienne Jr. off a free kick just outside the top of the box as he saw his effort skim off the crossbar.
The Orange and Blue's back four played a pivotal role in certain moments of the game, especially to keep the halftime score level.
After what appeared to be a mishit shot from Omar Cummings, Jimmy McLaughlin broke the deadlock late in the second half of the 61st minute for FC Cincinnati as he scored the lone goal for the home team.
FC Cincinnati attempted to protect the lead, but it was somewhat short-lived as the Red Bulls found the back of the net in the 82nd to capture the equalizer in accordance to Cincinnati defender Harrison Delbridge's mistimed tackle, which led to another free kick outside of the box.
It was right down broadway and Justin Bilyeu did not disappoint for the Red Bulls as his free kick caught a deflection and slotted itself in the corner pocket.
In just four short minutes following the free kick, the Red Bulls kept the attack on and netted yet another goal off a header from substitute Florian Valot to go up by two goals.
A really late corner was the last chance for FC Cincinnati in the dying minutes of stoppage time, however, it was unable to find itself an equalizer and instead walked away with zero points.
There was a positive though in that the FC Cincinnati faithful helped set the season record for USL attendance with today's match count of 16,127.
FC Cincinnati is set to face Louisville City FC on Saturday, who lead the Eastern Conference of the USL table and lead Cincinnati by eight points. Kickoff for Saturday's match is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET at Nippert Stadium.