CDL FC tie final game of the season vs River City (3-3)

Cincinnati, OH, July 20 2014  – The Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC (6-4-4, 22 points) traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to play the River City Rovers (3-7-4, 13 points) for their last game of their inaugural season in the Premier Development League. The South Atlantic Division Championship came down to the last Saturday of games as several teams had the opportunity to finish on top. The Lions came back in their game to tie, finishing in second place, a very good first year result.


The first half the River City Rovers would find the cracks in the Cincinnati defense and River City’s Kaelon Fox and Amar Sejdic would come up with some combinations, splitting the Cincinnati defender Fox would give and go with Sejdic and Fox would end up with the ball and poke it under Cincinnati’s sliding keeper for a quick first goal.  The Lions Jeff McClure would answer back in the sixth minute when a Cincinnati ball entered the River City box. The Rovers would scramble to clear it, but the Lion’s McClure would be there to put the ball into the back of the net for the equalizer. Cincinnati would increase their pressure on River City, but it would be the Rovers that would find the second goal. On a counter attack the Rovers, Suleman Thomas would find Dylan Terry who would get his first of the night in the sixteenth minute. River City was not done and again the eighteenth minute would see Terry handle a long ball into the box and get his second of the night putting the Rovers up by two. The half would end, Cincinnati Dutch Lions 1, River City Rovers 3.


The second half Cincinnati wasted no time getting back in the game. Cincinnati’s Captain, Rowin van Zaanen would take a corner in the forty ninth minute that would find the head of Ryan Meyer who would put the Lions within one. Cincinnati put the pressure on and play was in the River City third for the majority of the second half as the Lions continued to work for another goal. It would happen for them in the seventy seventh minute when an end line ball across finds Kyle Smith who puts it away into the back of the Rover’s net tying the game. Both teams would increase their energy looking for the winner, but the game would end tied Cincinnati Dutch Lions 3 and the River City Rovers 3.


Cincinnati’s Coach Terry Nicholls shared his thoughts about the game and season. “It has been a fantastic first season. This team has been a joy to work with. We did come up a little short, but we showed fighting spirit throughout. In fact our first and last games, we came back both times from 1-3 to tie 3-3. Thanks to the Dutch Lions for all their support and to my trainers for their attention. Thanks to Scott Cagle. Special thanks to my assistant Alan Grothaus who is the hardest working guy, making everything happen as smoothly as possible.”


The Cincinnati Dutch Lions would like to thank their fans for their support. They look forward to seeing everyone in the stands next season. For tickets and information go to




Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC-River City Rovers 3-3



2’      Fox                               0-1

6’      McClure                      1-1

16’    Terry                            1-2

18’    Terry                            1-3

48’    Meyer, van Zaanen   2-3

77’  Smith                             3-3



Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC:  Osswald, DeSalvatore, Causey, Stovall, Halfhill, Meyer, Hill, Smith, van Zaanen, Walker, McClure

Subs: Wilson, Gumbert, Gumbert, Pierce, Tanner


River City Rovers:  Hawes, Ramirez, Craig, Robbins, Kahn, Tarver, Fox, Shehan, Terry, Sejdic, Thomas

Subs: Hafling, Mudd, Church, Wells, Gale, Nieto

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