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Title: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on July 07, 2018, 11:49:46 PM
The internationalization of soccer works against MLS because now it's easier than ever to follow PL or even Bundesliga or La Liga.
Exactly the opposite in fact. So many people are watching those top leagues on TV that they want soccer in their cities. I see this time and again from the younger folks (say, my 31 yr. old son and his friends, and the same from my friends and their sons). I watched the England-Sweden game today at a friend's house, and his 27 yr. old son who was there knew more about the European leagues than I do, and he loves FCC (as does my son).

Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: daytime drinking on July 08, 2018, 09:14:16 AM
usually a thread like this is prefaced with the requisite sass, kudos euro for accepting some good natured ribbing
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on July 09, 2018, 11:09:03 PM
Just to keep perspective: average attendance halfway through the season for both these clubs

Cincinnati Reds: 20,000
FC Cincinnati: 25,000

http://www.espn.com/mlb/attendance

https://soccerstadiumdigest.com/2018-usl-attendance/

The Reds have a LOT of work to do.

There's been a lot of talk about how much seating capacity the new FCC stadium should have. Currently it is envisioned at being 21,000, but these plans may move. I say, build it at 25,000.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on July 21, 2018, 12:31:47 AM
So as we speak the Reds are playing a 3 hr. (!) rain-delayed game in front of a pretty bare looking GABP. So glad I don't have clients to entertain at that game.

I am hosting clients and friends of the firm at Saturday's FCC's game in a corporate suite at Nippert. I hope the weather cooperates (fingers crossed). One thing I know: FCC will not delay a game by 3 hrs.

A few days ago FCC announced ticket pricing for next year, when they move up to MLS. Of course, pricing has gone up, but not as much as I expected. And as FCC noted: the lowest average tix prices in MLS. I see good things happening for FCC going forward in the MLS.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on July 30, 2018, 11:42:13 PM
FCC has signed 2 MLS players to join the roster in the build-up of the transition to MLS next year. It's all happening!

http://www.espn.com/soccer/major-league-soccer/story/3579476/fc-cincinnati-signs-fanendo-adi-and-fatai-alashe-ahead-of-mls-move


Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on August 12, 2018, 10:47:58 PM
Was at the FCC game today, a weird 6 PM Sunday evening game, but somehow 24,000+ were there, and FCC won 1-0, woohoo.

Back home I watched the second half of DC United-Orlando MLS game. DC's Wayne Rooney is invisible the entire half, until in the 96th min., when he makes an incredible ball recovery and then sends a great ball into the penalty area, and DC scores on a header!!!!!! Wow. DC wins 3-2
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: Dan on August 13, 2018, 07:32:43 PM
https://youtu.be/pWDwYSkQj5g

Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on August 16, 2018, 11:28:00 PM
Our law firm's Cincinnati office holds an annual office summer get-together each year for all lawyers and staff. It's the only event each year where lawyers and staff (and families) mingle socially.

Traditionally over the years it has been held at Kings Island (most of the time) or Coney Island or the Reds or the Zoo. This year it's at FCC, this coming Saturday. Yes, that is how the landscape has changed in Cincinnati. FCC is THE happening thing in this city.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: Cockney Rebel on August 17, 2018, 10:23:26 PM
FCC is THE happening thing in this city.
I think it’s the Bird scooters
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on August 17, 2018, 11:35:40 PM
I think it’s the Bird scooters
I have no idea what that means or what you are referring to...
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: Zafer Kaya on August 17, 2018, 11:57:38 PM
They’re motorized scooters you can rent.

This company comes in and just drops them all over the city.  You have an app that tells you where the nearest scooters are.  You just find one, use the app to check it out, then ride around around until you are done, then just leave it wherever.  Except then the city comes and confiscates all the scooters because people ride them on the sidewalks like assholes and injure people,or they injure themselves riding in the street with no help. Plus the streets get littered with scooters.  And Bird doesn’t bother to apply for any licenses because they are dickheads who think “disruptive technology” means they don’t have to follow the rules. So after the city confiscated all the scooters they come in and drop off my scooters.

Pretty much they’re the best evidence of how entitled tech companies and people under 30 are, and how bad we need a recession to teach some people a lesson.  Which fortunately is coming in very short order, thanks to Trumps insane fiscal policy.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on August 18, 2018, 11:34:54 PM
Our law firm's Cincinnati office holds an annual office summer get-together each year for all lawyers and staff. It's the only event each year where lawyers and staff (and families) mingle socially.

Traditionally over the years it has been held at Kings Island (most of the time) or Coney Island or the Reds or the Zoo. This year it's at FCC, this coming Saturday. Yes, that is how the landscape has changed in Cincinnati. FCC is THE happening thing in this city.
Office summer outing tonight at FCC was great all around. We had a "hospitality" area with food and drinks, and lawyers and staff mingled, and people soaked up the atmosphere. Yet another 27K showed up for the game, which is right on target for FCC's attendance this year. That FCC won 3-0 was just the icing on the cake.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on September 16, 2018, 10:35:38 PM
Glorious Sunday afternoon for an FCC game. Down 2-3 deep in the 2nd half, FCC manages to score in the 78th and 88th min to squeeze out a 4-3 win.

Again more than 27,000 in attendance.

Barring a complete meltdown in the last 5 games of the regular season (highly unlikely as they have an 18 game unbeaten streak), FCC will have home field advantage in the playoffs.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: MissKitty on September 17, 2018, 08:30:15 AM
So as we speak the Reds are playing a 3 hr. (!) rain-delayed game in front of a pretty bare looking GABP. So glad I don't have clients to entertain at that game.

I am hosting clients and friends of the firm at Saturday's FCC's game in a corporate suite at Nippert. I hope the weather cooperates (fingers crossed). One thing I know: FCC will not delay a game by 3 hrs.

I rode a chartered bus with other FCC fans down to Louisville for the final Dirty River Derby on Sept. 8 and it had pretty much rained all day but they started the game anyway. FCC was up by 1 when the heavens REALLY opened and they had to stop play. We all ran for cover and waited for them to call the game - there was simply no way they'd be able to restart the game because Louisville's pitch was so waterlogged that the players would have needed kayaks.

We only had to hang around 30-40 minutes before they called it. I overheard someone say that they had to wait at least 30 minutes from the time play stopped before they could postpone a match but I don't know if that is true or not.

Unfortunately the rematch was held the following Tuesday, which meant the majority of our fans didn't get to attend.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on September 17, 2018, 10:48:21 PM
MK, didn't realize you were an FCC fan... Let's hang out at one of the next home games! (Beware, it might involve pre-game Taste of Belgium shenanigans)
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: MissKitty on September 18, 2018, 10:45:34 AM
MK, didn't realize you were an FCC fan... Let's hang out at one of the next home games! (Beware, it might involve pre-game Taste of Belgium shenanigans)

When I go it's usually with a group who meet at Molly Malone's and ride the MM Green Machine to and from the match.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on September 23, 2018, 10:35:19 PM
With yesterday's improbable comeback win, FCC has home-field advantage in the playoffs as long as they stay alive...
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on September 25, 2018, 11:26:45 PM
ZK, your Richmond Kickers are hosting FCC on Wednesday evening. Any chance they can stop FCC's 19 unbeaten streak?
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on October 02, 2018, 10:55:24 PM
Was at the final regular season home game on Saturday. Incredible atmosphere all around (and I don't just mean Nippert Stadium, but the entire Clifton area--the area was packed and rocking). 31,000+ people in the stands. FCC won 3-0. Does it get any better?

At the pre-game bar hangout I was at, I was next to a couple from England, long time residents of Cincinnati (no, not CR and MK), and we started chatting. "Can you believe what they have built here?' the guy asked me.

FCC has home field advantage throughout the playoffs (starting Oct. 20)

So looking forward to their transition into MLS next year. The front office has done such a great job in the USL, and I expect them to do the same in MSL.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: MissKitty on October 03, 2018, 09:17:12 AM
We were at the match too. Figured since we went to the FCCvIndy11 match at Lucas Oil at the start of the season we may as well top & tail. Fun time!
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on October 03, 2018, 11:25:43 PM
One of the most enjoyable things for me having gone to many FCC games this year is the people I meet, both at the pre-game bar and at the game. So many international (non-US) people that live here that I had no idea about. And soccer-aficianados. I typically wear a club jersey of a Belgian player to the game. The obvious one being Kevin De Bruyne's ManCity or Jan Vertonghen's Tottenham jersey. One of the games I was wearing Dries Mertens' Napoli jersey and some guy came up to me to tell me how a big fan of Napoli he was. Nobody but someone who is "really" into it would've even recognized it. What are the chances? I love those moments.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on October 13, 2018, 11:24:44 PM
Not surprisingly, Ledesma, the best player on the team, and surely USL MVP of this year, has been offered a contract for next year's MLS season

http://www.espn.com/soccer/fc-cincinnati/story/3668337/fc-cincinnati-midfielder-emmanuel-ledesma-set-to-sign-new-contract-sources


As an aside, FCC tied at Nashville 3-3 tonight, bringing their unbroken streak to 23 (a USL record).

Next: the first game of the playoffs on Saturday, 4 pm, at Nippert. Keeping fingers crossed for the weather.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on October 28, 2018, 12:28:46 AM
Disappointing loss today for FCC in the playoffs. But honestly, I am not all that surprised. The team simply hasn't played very well in the last month or so. The 24 game streak of not losing was an albatross. I wished they had lost one of the last regular season game, just to get that "unbeaten" streak done with, but it also looked to me the team simply ran out of steam. Nevertheless, a glorious season for sure.

Next game at Nippert: the MLS home debut! Looking forward to it already!
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on December 20, 2018, 12:27:59 PM
First matches of the 2019 MLS debut season for FCC have been announced:

FC Cincinnati will open its 2019 home schedule on Sunday, March 17, when the team hosts MLS Cup finalist Portland Timbers at 5 p.m. at Nippert Stadium in its first-ever Major League Soccer contest in the Queen City.

FCC will formally open the 2019 season with back-to-back road games in front of MLS’ two largest average crowds. Major League Soccer announced all 24 teams’ home openers on Thursday afternoon.

FC Cincinnati will play its first-ever MLS game at CenturyLink Field against Seattle Sounders FC at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 2.

In Week 2, FCC will meet MLS Cup champion Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.

Tough way to open (@ Seattle, @ Atlanta), but still I'm psyched!!
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: MissKitty on December 21, 2018, 02:48:41 PM
Holy cow, the opening home game is on St. Patrick's Day?! Oh dear.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on December 21, 2018, 03:54:37 PM
Holy cow, the opening home game is on St. Patrick's Day?! Oh dear.
Indeed!

Clifton will be rockin'  8)
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on January 07, 2019, 11:36:41 PM
2019 schedule released:

Saturday, March 2 – at Seattle Sounders FC (CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.) – 10 p.m. – FS1
Sunday, March 10 – at Atlanta United FC (Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.) – 5 p.m. – ESPN
Sunday, March 17 – vs. Portland Timers (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 5 p.m. – FS1
Sunday, March 24 – at New England Revolution (Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.) – 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 – vs. Philadelphia Union (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 – vs. Sporting Kansas City (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 3 p.m. – ESPN
Saturday, April 13 – at LAFC (Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.) – 10:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19 – vs. Real Salt Lake (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 – at New York Red Bulls (Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.) – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1 – at Philadelphia Union (Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.) – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4 – at San Jose Earthquakes (Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif.) – 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 11 – vs. Montreal Impact (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 1 p.m. – TVA/Canada
Sunday, May 19 – at Orlando City SC (Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, Fla.) – 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 25 – vs. New York Red Bulls (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 – at Colorado Rapids (Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.) – 9 p.m.
Thursday, June 6 – at NYCFC (Yankee Stadium, New York, N.Y.) – 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 – vs. LA Galaxy (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 29 – at Minnesota United FC (Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.) – 4 p.m. – ESPN
Saturday, July 6 – vs. Houston Dynamo (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 13 – at Chicago Fire (SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, Ill.) – 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 18 – vs. D.C. United (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 8 p.m. – ESPN
Sunday, July 21 – vs. New England Revolution (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 27 – at Toronto FC (BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario) – 8 p.m. – TSN/Canada
Saturday, Aug. 3 – vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 8 p.m. – TSN/Canada
Saturday, Aug. 10 – at Columbus Crew SC (MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio) – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 17 – vs. NYCFC (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 25 – vs. Columbus Crew SC (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 8 p.m. – FS1
Saturday, Aug. 31 – at FC Dallas (Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas) – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7 – vs. Toronto FC (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 7:30 p.m. – TSN/Canada
Saturday, Sept. 14 – at Montreal Impact (Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Quebec) – 7:30 p.m. – TVA/Canada
Wednesday, Sept. 18 – vs. Atlanta United FC (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21 – vs. Chicago Fire (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29 – vs. Orlando City SC (Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati) – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6 – at D.C. United (Audi Field, Washington, D.C.) – 4 p.m.

I'm psyched!
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on January 10, 2019, 10:45:58 PM
FCC is making so many roster and draft moves, it's making my head spin.

Tomorrow is (for all practical purposes) college draft day. Will be interesting to see what develops.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on January 11, 2019, 02:36:09 PM
Today is the MLS Superdraft.

Looks like FCC's new jersey was revealed along the way. I love the new jersey! Much better than the previous (USL) jersey):

http://www.espn.com/soccer/major-league-soccer/story/3748483/fc-cincinnati-selects-uclas-frankie-amaya-with-top-pick-in-mls-superdraft

Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on February 16, 2019, 10:56:16 PM
I'm loving the new FCC home jersey

https://www.mlsstore.com/fc-cincinnati/jerseys/t-21024333+d-14884215+z-927-3923239610?ab={wt-static_graphic}{pt-tlp}{al-Above_A_spot}{ct-2019JerseyLaunch}{tt-FC_Cincinnati}
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on February 23, 2019, 12:27:59 AM
Just to give perspective about the buzz of the upcoming FCC home opener in MLS: our firm decided to get a suite at Nippert, and then due to crazy client response, we decided to upgrade to the "Party Deck", and we'll be there with 60 of us (clients and friends of the firm). I'll be there.. so ready for it
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: Zafer Kaya on February 23, 2019, 12:44:27 AM
Haven’t they sold something like 20k season tickets?  Not too shabby.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on February 25, 2019, 02:59:22 PM
MLS season starts this coming weekend! Woohoo!

Here a preview on FCC's expected fortunes: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/02/21/2019-season-preview-fc-cincinnati

I agree with these projected finishes, and would be very surprised if FCC ended higher than 10th in the East, That's going to be a major eye-opener for thousands of people who think that what they saw the last couple of years in USL can simply be reepated in MLS...
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 02, 2019, 12:34:34 AM
Haven’t they sold something like 20k season tickets?  Not too shabby.
Yes they have. And counting...

Most "experts" have FC Cincinnati not really doing great in their initial MLS season (10th or lower in the East standings), and I can't dispute that. I think it will be a rude awakening for FCC fans, but I'd love to be wrong <sigh>

I'll be watching the MLS opener for FCC at Seatlle Sat at 10 pm, preparing for the worst, hoping for the best
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 03, 2019, 01:44:17 PM
Well, all one can say from this 4-1 drubbing is that the boys got schooled by a much better team in every facet of the game. I can't really say that I was all that surprised. Glad we did get to see one fabulous moment, when FCC went up 0-1 (against the run of the game) with that incredible volley.

Alan Koch and his staff have a lot of work ahead of them to get this team to be competitive, and the calendar isn't too kind: next week in Atlanta, then the week thereafter the home opener vs. Portland. I'm guessing that FCC may get 1 point out of those games, if that.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: MissKitty on March 04, 2019, 03:34:20 PM
They really need to pick up the pace. And improve their passing. I know this is their first year playing the big boys, but man ...

I couldn't believe how many times Seattle kept running the same play and FCC just never picked up on it.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 04, 2019, 11:06:17 PM
http://www.espn.com/soccer/cincinnati/story/3791489/sources-us-midfielder-kenny-saief-set-for-loan-to-fc-cincinnati

As I follow the Belgian top league closely, I can declare that this guy has been an afterthought at Anderlecht, of course one of the top teams in Belgium. But hey, for all I know, this guy will set the MLS on fire... Lordie, FCC needs all the help it can get.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 06, 2019, 10:43:20 PM
That deal is now official... FCC has loaned him, with an option to purchase.

FCC fans seem very excited about it: https://www.instagram.com/p/BurkUt4jJNO/

It also got press in Belgium: https://sporza.be/nl/2019/03/06/saief-naar-mls/

Saief played 5 years in Belgium, first with Gent, then with Anderlecht (one of the Big Three), where he reconnected with his manager of Gent. Alas, because of Anderlecht's current disastrous season, that manager was fired, and the new manager decided he had no use for Saief, leaving him on a side track. FCC has thrown him a life line. Let's see how that works out for FCC...
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: c-lando on March 07, 2019, 09:11:06 AM
If anyone is coming down for the Atlanta United/FCC match, let me know!
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: MissKitty on March 07, 2019, 02:20:52 PM
If anyone is coming down for the Atlanta United/FCC match, let me know!

I know IPrayForSound is going for sure.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: c-lando on March 07, 2019, 04:34:18 PM
If anyone is coming down for the Atlanta United/FCC match, let me know!

I know IPrayForSound is going for sure.

IPrayForTANG.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: trixi on March 07, 2019, 10:22:52 PM
If anyone is coming down for the Atlanta United/FCC match, let me know!

I know IPrayForSound is going for sure.

IPrayForTANG.
Wow...that's a blast from the past...had totally forgotten that name! 
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 07, 2019, 10:34:51 PM
If anyone is coming down for the Atlanta United/FCC match, let me know!
I've got away FCC games locked in this year for New York and Chicago, but Atlanta is big on my list for next year,
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 17, 2019, 12:01:47 AM
FCC's MLS home opener tomorrow at 5 pm!!!!

The match is officially sold out.

I have season tickets, but gave them to my son as I will actually watch from one of the suites with clients and friends of the firm. The client demand was so high that we upgraded to the largest suite available (65 people).

With tomorrow being also St. Patty's day, Clifton is going to be rocking. Traffic and parking will be a huge challenge. I am meeting up with clients at 3 pm at the Taste of Belgium on Short Vine for a late brunch, and then make our way over to Nippert around 4 or so.

I have to say, I'm pretty excited.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 18, 2019, 10:44:21 PM
Well, all I have to say is that it was magical. From the pre-game hours build-up, with so much going on in Clifton, to the actual game itself, it all felt so perfect, almost surreal. One of the best sports moments in my 32 years living in Cincinnati.

And as a complete aside, one of the best client-entertaining events we have ever hosted. The energy and good vibes were all around. We had about 65 people in our suite at Nippert. "Hope we can come again", commented one of my clients. When was the last time you heard a comment like that at the Reds or Bengals?
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: Zafer Kaya on March 19, 2019, 12:30:22 PM
No one will be saying that about FC Cincinnati either, if they suck for five years straight.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 19, 2019, 10:32:44 PM
That is true, but I have a nagging feeling that this will not be the case. Dunno, just a hunch.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 19, 2019, 10:35:32 PM
BBC News, yes the effing BBC, sent a reporter to FCC's opening game in MLS. Amazing. Just watch:

https://old.reddit.com/r/FCCincinnati/comments/b2xrpi/bbc_sport_report_on_fc_cincinnati_video/
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on March 24, 2019, 10:34:13 PM
Nice victory for FCC away at New England! 0-2!

Now tied for first in the MLS  Eastern Division, yea... That Seattle trashing seems far away now.

https://www.mlssoccer.com/standings

But not reading too much into that... It's a long season. Next up, Phillie at home next Saturday evening.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on April 04, 2019, 10:41:14 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2019/apr/01/fc-cincinnati-mls-soccer

published on April 1, but not a joke. Just read and smile
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on April 16, 2019, 10:44:04 PM
If FCC is serious about wanting to be a playoff contender, Friday's home match vs. Real Salt Lake is a must-win, period, with 3 consecutive away games coming up (and all in 8 days), and after only getting 1 point from their last 3 matches.

It may be we've been spoiled by recent expansion MLS teams Atlanta United and LAFC. Besides those, other recent MLS expansion teams haven't proven playoff caliber.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on April 30, 2019, 11:02:51 PM
Massive road game at Phillie tomorrow. Can FCC finally score again?
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on May 02, 2019, 10:53:44 PM
*UPDATE* No, FCC cannot seem to score... The last goal from an open/running play goes back 5 games now (in late March at New England).

They clearly need reinforcement in the attacking line. Yes, Adi has been "out" for weeks (due to that DUI) but I don't think he's the answer either (even though he's on the hook for $2 mill)...

Trying times for FCC, but as I've said all along, the transition to MLS was not going to be easy. That has proven to be true, and then some....

Still, looking forward to going to the upcoming home matches and enjoy all that entails (including the before and after shenanigans).
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on May 07, 2019, 02:16:09 PM
FCC fires head coach Alan Koch after just 11 games in the MLS. Wow. I didn't see that coming, although the scoreless (and winless) streak has been a killer.

But according to GM Jeff Berding, that was not the primary reason. Koch had "lost the team", as they say.

https://www.fccincinnati.com/post/2019/05/07/club-dismisses-head-coach-alan-koch

I think part of Berding's thinking was: "what would Mike Brown do? I'm gonna do the EXACT OPPOSITE".

Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: Zafer Kaya on May 07, 2019, 02:46:47 PM
I mean, who knows?

He had good results with a team that was massively more talented than the rest of the division.  He had bad results with a team that was massively inferior to the rest of the division.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on June 03, 2019, 01:17:37 AM
A month later... FCC is now officially the worst team in the MLS.

Last night at Colorado was just dismal... (Colorado had 2 wins at the time.)

This season has been a massive fail on every account. So disappointing.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on June 11, 2019, 11:07:08 PM
Belated update: my son and I were in New York and went to the game at NYCFC last Thursday, played at Yankee Stadium. I was surprised how well the playing circumstances were (being in a baseball stadium).

FCC was shit (once again), losing 5-2, but not scoring a single time (both the FCC goals were NYCFC own-goals if you can believe it). On the good side, we hung out pre-game with NYCFC supporters in a cool place (Bronx Brewing House), and a good time was enjoyed all around. And it's New York! (we were there for a mini-family gathering.)

Then on Sunday we went to the US-Venezuela game at Nippert. Great atmosphere but the US got schooled by Venezuela, 0-3, wow. It was bad, really bad, I mean, like FCC has been recently <sigh>
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on July 07, 2019, 12:07:36 AM
Hey FC Cincinnati wins a game! We were at Nippert for the game against Houston tonight, and with several players back from Gold Cup duty, FCC looked amazingly better, going up 1-0, then 2-0, then 3-0 due to a horrible mistake by the Houston goalie. That turned out to be the difference, as Houston stormed back, scoring 2 goals late in the game, but FCC held on. Awesome atmosphere at Nippert. Just a great way to spend a hot summer evening watching soccer.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on July 16, 2019, 10:59:34 PM
Final stadium designs released today, and frankly, they look f*cking awesome.

https://www.fccincinnati.com/post/2019/07/16/new-groundbreaking-west-end-stadium-design-unveiled
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: Zafer Kaya on July 17, 2019, 01:34:35 PM
Now that you've seen a bunch of games, how would you compare MLS talent to Belgian Pro League?
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on July 17, 2019, 11:41:35 PM
Now that you've seen a bunch of games, how would you compare MLS talent to Belgian Pro League?
Not great, to be honest. If MLS were operating in Europe, they'd be a third rate league (Belgium being a second rate league).

But MLS is the best this country has to offer. And I love the soccer experience at FCC. Just to put in perspective: FCC average attendance is 28,000. Only one club in the Belgian Pro League draws more. (FCC is 3rd in attendance in MLS)

The level of play in MLS will improve, no doubt, but it will take time.
Title: Re: FC Cincinnati
Post by: euro60 on July 20, 2019, 12:36:28 AM
I am hosting clients at our firm's Nippert suite on Sunday for the game vs New England. Despite FCC's underwhelming streak in their first MLS season, we have had no trouble finding clients that are very eager to attend.

As opposed to our firm's Reds suite. It's been terrible, to be honest. Little client interest, cancellations, etc. Before the beginning of this year's season, our firm signed a 3 year extension on our suite at GABP, which our Partner In Charge now terms a "drag" (read: a terrible mistake). And I couldn't agree more.