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FC Cincinnati was named an expansion franchise by Major League Soccer in May 2018. Club owner Carl Lindner III pursued a move from the United Soccer League to MLS starting in 2016. The club was selected from a list of 10 potential expansion locations for four new spots in the league.
Cincinnati’s MLS club has roots in a USL club that existed from 2016 to 2018. FC Cincinnati broke attendance records several times during its USL years including 31,478 in attendance for a September 2018 match against Indy Eleven. The club reached the USL playoffs in all three seasons but did not advance past the conference finals. Cincinnati’s best season was the 2018 regular season when the club won the regular season championship. Koch was named the USL Coach of the Year and Emmanuel Ledesma was named USL MVP in 2018.
The USL club’s run in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup brought national attention to the potential expansion club. FC Cincinnati dispensed with AFC Cleveland and Louisville City FC before meeting MLS competition. The team defeated in-state rival Columbus Crew SC 1-0 and bested a surging Chicago Fire team in penalties. Cincinnati defeated North American Soccer League side Miami FC 1-0 to reach the semifinals. Corben Bone and Austin Berry gave Cincinnati a 2-0 lead against New York Red Bulls before the MLS side scored three late goals. The club drew more than 30,000 fans each for games against Columbus, Chicago, and New York.
MLS veterans Fanendo Adi and Fatai Alashe were added during the club’s final USL season in anticipation of the 2019 MLS season. The club used the 2018 expansion draft to add forward Darren Mattocks from D.C. United, midfielder Roland Lamah from FC Dallas, midfielder Eric Alexander from Houston Dynamo, and defender Hassan Ndam from New York Red Bulls. FC Cincinnati also made waves by acquiring all five of Philadelphia’s MLS Draft picks, bringing their pick total to 10. The club picked UCLA midfielder Frankie Amaya as the first overall pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.
Frequently Asked Questions About FC Cincinnati Tickets and Games
How much are FC Cincinnati tickets?
FC Cincinnati ticket prices on the secondary market can vary depending on a number of factors. Typically, FC Cincinnati tickets can be found for $25.00, on average.
When do FC Cincinnati tickets go on sale?
Individual FC Cincinnati tickets go on sale after the schedule is released.
Where do FC Cincinnati play?
The FC Cincinnati home games are played at West End Stadium in Cincinnati, OH.
Do I need to print FC Cincinnati tickets?
Print-at-home tickets are being discontinued for MLS games. FC Cincinnati are using mobile ticket entry to all games.
Does my child need a ticket for FC Cincinnati games?
Each MLS team has their own child ticket policy. Some teams have age requirements, others have restrictions on height and some have both. The FC Cincinnati policy states all children under 3 are free.
How long are FC Cincinnati games?
FC Cincinnati matches consist of two 45-minute halves, with a halftime break of 15 minutes.
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