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Frankie Amaya faces his old club as Red Bulls host Cincinnati

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A pair of teams starved for a victory will meet Wednesday night when Frankie Amaya and the New York Red Bulls play host to FC Cincinnati.

Amaya, FC Cincinnati’s No. 1 overall draft selection in 2019, requested a trade earlier this season and was moved to the Red Bulls for nearly $1 million in general allocation money. He will be meeting his former team for the first time.

The Red Bulls (5-7-3, 18 points) have not won a game since July 3, going 0-2-2 since, including consecutive defeats to D.C. United and the New England Revolution. New York now has two 3-2 defeats to the Revolution in its past seven games.

“I think a must-win in football is, I think, not the right message,” New York head coach Gerhard Struber said. “I think we have to bring the right performance. We have to bring an outstanding performance on Wednesday. This is what I expect from my boys, and in the end, to win a game, you need always a little bit of luck.”

The Red Bulls’ loss to the Revolution on Saturday was just their second in seven home games. More evidence of New York’s strong play at home is that all four of Caden Clark’s goals have come at Red Bull Arena.

FC Cincinnati (3-7-5, 14 points) has gone even longer without a victory, last winning a game on June 26. The club did earn points in four of six July games, going 0-2-4 in that stretch.

Since giving up five goals to CF Montreal in a 5-4 road defeat, FC Cincinnati has given up just four total goals over three games. The issue has been on offense, with just one goal in those three contests. The team is on a 209-minute scoreless streak.

FC Cincinnati played to a scoreless tie at home Saturday despite D.C. United playing with 10 players for the final 38 minutes and with just nine players for the final few minutes of stoppage time.

Amaya’s presence may have helped those scoring deficiencies, but he has just one goal and one assist in 14 games (nine starts).

“We all know … how I think about him and the quality that he has,” Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam said of Amaya. “Yeah, we’re gonna be facing him. You don’t know if he’s going to be starting. … If he does, then we need to make it difficult for him. We know his ability.”

–Field Level Media

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