Story in Photos: FC Cincinnati vs Toronto FC II

FC Cincinnati came from behind to beat Toronto FC II in front of another huge crowd at Nippert Stadium last Saturday evening. Various outlets have recounted the tale, but the story is incomplete without without the emotion captured by the lens. That’s why Scratching the Pitch is proud to present the photographic work of Joe Craven.

Pre-Game

Omar Cummings warms up with some shots on goal. (credit: Joe Craven)

Omar Cummings warms up with some shots on goal. (credit: Joe Craven)

The Bailey displayed colors in support of the Orlando victims. (credit: Joe Craven)

The Bailey displayed colors in support of the Orlando victims. (credit: Joe Craven)

Our nation's colors were presented by members of the armed forces. (credit: Joe Craven)

Our nation’s colors were presented by members of the armed forces. (credit: Joe Craven)

FCC has done well to secure talented performers for the Star Bangled Banner. (credit: Joe Craven)

FCC has done well to secure talented performers for the Star Bangled Banner. (credit: Joe Craven)

It was important to stay hydrated and cool on a hot June evening. (credit: Joe Craven)

It was important to stay hydrated and cool on a hot June evening. (credit: Joe Craven)

Most of the 19,112 showed up ahead of first kick for a change. (credit: Joe Craven)

Most of the 19,112 showed up ahead of first kick for a change. (credit: Joe Craven)

The Match

Tyler Polak can only watch as a TFCII player wins the ball. (credit: Joe Craven)

Tyler Polak can only watch as a TFCII player wins the ball. (credit: Joe Craven)

Sean Okoli races toward the ball... (credit: Joe Craven)

Sean Okoli races toward the ball… (credit: Joe Craven)

...but Quillan Roberts gets there first. (credit: Joe Craven)

…but Quillan Roberts gets there first. (credit: Joe Craven)

Jimmy McLaughlin beats his man down the flank. (credit: Joe Craven)

Jimmy McLaughlin beats his man down the flank. (credit: Joe Craven)

Andrew Wiedeman attempts a header. (credit: Joe Craven)

Andrew Wiedeman attempts a header. (credit: Joe Craven)

John Harkes provides instruction from the bench. (credit: Joe Craven)

John Harkes provides instruction from the bench. (credit: Joe Craven)

Okoli tries to fight through of trio of TFCII players. (credit: Joe Craven)

Okoli tries to fight through of trio of TFCII players. (credit: Joe Craven)

Wiedeman focuses on getting to the ball. (credit: Joe Craven)

Wiedeman focuses on getting to the ball. (credit: Joe Craven)

Eric Stevenson keeps his body between ball and defender. (credit: Joe Craven)

Eric Stevenson keeps his body between ball and defender. (credit: Joe Craven)

Paul Nicholson watches as two TFCII teammates challenge for the ball. (credit: Joe Craven)

Paul Nicholson watches as two TFCII teammates challenge for the ball. (credit: Joe Craven)

This tug on Stevenson is shielded from the referee's view. (credit: Joe Craven)

This tug on Stevenson is shielded from the referee’s view. (credit: Joe Craven)

Pat McMahon puts the ball back in play. (credit: Joe Craven)

Pat McMahon puts the ball back in play. (credit: Joe Craven)

McLaughlin spots an overlapping run from Corben Bone. (credit: Joe Craven)

McLaughlin spots an overlapping run from Corben Bone. (credit: Joe Craven)

This Die Innenstadt trooper is no clone. (credit: Joe Craven)

This Die Innenstadt trooper is no clone. (credit: Joe Craven)

Derek Luke looks to get the ball off his foot. (credit: Joe Craven)

Derek Luke looks to get the ball off his foot. (credit: Joe Craven)

Wiedeman conducts aerial battle near the touchline. (credit: Joe Craven)

Wiedeman conducts aerial battle near the touchline. (credit: Joe Craven)

It was a physical contest for Stevenson. (credit: Joe Craven)

It was a physical contest for Stevenson. (credit: Joe Craven)

Harrison Delbridge used his head to score rather than as a punching bag. (credit: Joe Craven)

Harrison Delbridge used his head to score rather than as a punching bag. (credit: Joe Craven)

Another shot of Delbridge coming up big. (credit: Joe Craven)

Another shot of Delbridge coming up big. (credit: Joe Craven)

An elated Delbridge. (credit: Joe Craven)

An elated Delbridge. (credit: Joe Craven)

Delbridge soaks in adulation from the Bailey. (credit: Joe Craven)

Delbridge soaks in adulation from the Bailey. (credit: Joe Craven)

Celebrating is team effort at FC Cincinnati. (credit: Joe Craven)

Celebrating is team effort at FC Cincinnati. (credit: Joe Craven)

Kenny Walker is denied by a daring tackle. (credit: Joe Craven)

Kenny Walker is denied by a daring tackle. (credit: Joe Craven)

Luke works for possession. (credit: Joe Craven)

Luke works for possession. (credit: Joe Craven)

Okoli looks to get the attack going. (credit: Joe Craven)

Okoli looks to get the attack going. (credit: Joe Craven)

Cummings keeps possession in the waning moments. (credit: Joe Craven)

Cummings keeps possession in the waning moments. (credit: Joe Craven)

Post-Game

Flags continue to fly after the final whistle. (credit: Joe Craven)

Flags continue to fly after the final whistle. (credit: Joe Craven)

Flags are not the only colorful things in the Bailey. (credit: Joe Craven)

Flags are not the only colorful things in the Bailey. (credit: Joe Craven)

Mitch Hildebrandt's traditional post-game celebration with supporters. (credit: Joe Craven)

Mitch Hildebrandt’s traditional post-game celebration with supporters. (credit: Joe Craven)

FC Cincinnati players acknowledge support after the match. (credit: Joe Craven)

FC Cincinnati players acknowledge support after the match. (credit: Joe Craven)

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