Luciano Acosta shines for FC Cincinnati

Late goal from Acosta secures thrilling win for FC Cincinnati
Philadelphia Union v FC Cincinnati
Philadelphia Union v FC Cincinnati / Jeff Dean/GettyImages

The TQL Stadium was the scene of a true display of soccer magic, as Luciano Acosta saved FC Cincinnati with a decisive goal in the final minutes, securing a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Union. In a game where the Orange and Blue used every trick in the book, Acosta shone with two goals and an assist, standing out as the great hero.

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Acosta, at 30, continues to show why he is one of the most valuable players in the MLS. His first goal, a perfect assist for Kevin Kelsy, opened the scoring. He then converted a penalty with ease, adding his eighth goal of the season. But it was his late goal that really made the difference, sealing the win for Cincinnati and cementing his position as the team's leader.

This victory is a reflection of Acosta's excellent performance, who has already scored nine goals and equaled last season's assist total in just 18 games. His decision-making ability at critical moments has been vital for Cincinnati, who are second in the MLS standings, leading the league in points per game (2.17).

Acosta's performance was key to the win, especially after the Philadelphia Union equalized in the final minutes, seemingly snatching victory from Cincinnati. However, Acosta showed his class and calm to score the decisive goal and secure the three points for his team.

The FC Cincinnati coach and his teammates recognize Acosta's importance to the team's success. His ability to influence games and lead by example is invaluable. With Acosta in great form, Cincinnati are well placed to continue their quest for a second consecutive Supporters' Shield.