Brenner scores 3 to beat D.C United, putting Cincinnati in MLS playoffs for first time since 2012
Mar 15, 2014 at 4:53 PM
Cincinnati’s run to the MLS playoffs for the first time in four years started with a 2-1 victory over D.C. United in Wednesday’s Western Conference semifinals.
If the league title is the goal, it’s a good sign that FC Cincinnati’s three-time defending MLS Cup champion supporters group scored a goal in the first half.
A goal from captain Mikey Ambrose. A goal from midfielder Andy Najar. A goal from midfielder Andrew Wooten.
All came in the 15th minute of play, giving the Black and Gold its first MLS playoff win since a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact in the spring of 2012.
Cincinnati’s MLS postseason run continued with a 2-0 win in Friday’s conference final vs. Real Salt Lake.
The two teams were playing for the first time since the Black and Gold lost to Real Salt Lake 3-2 in the 2011 playoff.
Here are Cincinnati’s top 10 plays in winning the 2014 MLS regular-season title:
1. A simple goal from Andy Najar. The midfielder had an open net from point-blank range in the 29th minute. Najar cut into space that Cincinnati goalkeeper Zack Steffen had to use in clearing away a ball from forward Chris Rolfe. The ball hit the bar.
2. Second-half goal from Andrew Wooten. Midfielder Niko Hansen’s shot from a rebound in the 88th minute beat defender Kip Colvey to find its way to Wooten who fired it home past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
3. A second-half goal by midfielder Andy Najar. After Cincinnati defender Danny Kelly was called for an offsides penalty, Najar broke through a pile of defenders in the 77th minute. He was later credited with an assist