Inter Miami nabs 1-0 win against FC Cincinnati

The booing at FC Cincinnati matches is getting louder. 

The boo birds have never been deafening around FCC. That's still true, but for a club unaccustomed to live, in-person jeering, it's more noticeable than it's ever been. 

The booing returned Saturday at the final whistle of FC Cincinnati's 1-0 loss to Inter Miami CF at TQL Stadium. An announced crowd of 22,234 looked on as FCC produced just two on-target shots while Miami scored in the 90th minute to steal the win late. 

Brek Shea, an MLS veteran, provided the only score of the contest after he was played in over the top by teammate Nicolás Figal. The goal was Shea's second of the season, and second against Cincinnati.

Shea also scored the first goal in TQL Stadium history on May 16.

Miami's push for a playoff berth took another step forward as they improved to 7-9-5 after a 2-8-2 start to the 2021 campaign.

FC Cincinnati, which long sought to spark a turnaround of similar proportions, fell to 3-10-8. Its overall winless streak extended to 12 matches. 

Inter Miami CF midfielder Brek Shea (20) is lifted up after scoring the game-winning goal in the final minute of the second half of the MLS match between FC Cincinnati and Inter Miami CF at TQL Stadium in the West End neighborhood of Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021. Inter Miami CF won, 1-0, on a goal in the 90th minute.

Cincinnati's record at TQL Stadium moved to 0-4-5, and it remains the only club in MLS without a home victory. 

Asked of the booing that occurred at the final whistle, native Cincinnatian and FC Cincinnati veteran defender Nick Hagglund said, "all I want is for the fans to be happy."

"You're job is – you get to make people feel happy and you get to make people feel disappointed when things don't go right," Hagglund said. "It's frustrating but they're entitled to their opinion. I appreciate them coming. I appreciate them feeling. You know, if they came and didn't have any emotion and it was just a thing, it wouldn't be as exciting... They're entitled to their feelings and know that we want to give them wins.

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