Expected Goals: Upcoming Milestones for Matchday 13

Major League Soccer

May 17, 2023 – Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release

Can FC Cincinnati Go Seven-For-Seven at TQL Stadium?

Of the impressive starts to the 2023 season across MLS, FC Cincinnati has featured a record-setting run in front of their home fans at TQL Stadium. The Orange and Blue have won each of their six home matches to begin 2023. Tonight against CF Montréal (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass), Cincinnati can become the fourth team in league history (excluding the shootout era) to win their first seven home games to start a season. Each of Cincinnati’s wins at home have been by a one-goal margin and they have conceded just three scores over that span. LAFC (four) is the only other team to win each of their home matches this season.

Cincinnati has totaled nine goals at TQL Stadium and the duo of Luciano Acosta and Álvaro Barreal have scored or assisted on seven of those. Barreal has been incredible in front of the home crowd, producing one goal and three assists in 2023, as the 22-year-old proves to be one of the most talented left backs in the league.

Shutout Wins Galore – Four Straight for CF Montréal

Under first-year head coach Hernán Losada, CF Montréal have produced quite a turnaround after suffering six defeats in their opening seven MLS matches this season. Montréal’s defense has stepped up and shut opponents down, producing four consecutive clean sheet victories. With the return of George Campbell and strong play of 21-year-old goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois, the Canadians are flying high heading into Matchday 13.

In MLS history, only the 2019 Atlanta United squad recorded five-straight clean sheet wins, with Montréal looking to join them on Wednesday as they travel to face FC Cincinnati (7:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass). Cincinnati has won each of their six home matches, meaning historical marks will be at stake between these Eastern Conference foes this evening.

Portland’s Evander Hitting Stride in May

The Portland Timbers are back to their winning ways after an impressive 3-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Matchday 12. Leading the efforts was club-record signing Evander, who produced his first career MLS brace in the match. With his two goals, the Brazilian midfielder became the first player in Timbers history to record a multi-goal game following a multi-assist game, which he had accomplished on Matchday 11 versus Austin FC.

On Wednesday at Real Salt Lake (9:30 p.m. ET, MLS Season Pass), Evander can join Timbers royalty with another standout…

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