Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

FC Cincinnati Set To Become Newest MLS Expansion Team

FC Cincinnati Set To Become Newest MLS Expansion Team

The attendance of 32,250 for FC Cincinnati's semifinal match against the New York Red Bulls is the second-largest in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup history, and a club-record 35,061 fans attended a friendly against Crystal Palace in 2016.

The club will continue to play at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium until a purpose-built 21,000-seater home for the team is completed in 2021. "The rise of Cincinnati as a passionate soccer market in recent years, coinciding with the city's growing economy and reputation as a top destination for young professionals makes it an ideal city for our growing soccer league". The club recently finalized a partnership with Mercy Health, the largest hospital system in OH, to become the team's jersey-front partner when it begins play next season in MLS.

Detroit's bid to win a Major League Soccer franchise suffered a setback when bidders settled on Ford Field as a venue.

FC Cincinnati supporters fill Rhinegeist Brewery to the brim. We thank our wonderful fans for their unmatched passion and continued support as we work to bring this process to the finish line and give our city the MLS team it deserves. Thank you to Commissioner Garber and all of the league's owners for their faith in Cincinnati.

By Tuesday, with all the MLS expansion deadlines, civic debates about stadiums and infrastructure, and general fatigue around the process in the rearview mirror, celebrations were sparked across the city.

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Among other seeded players advancing were No. 3 Marin Cilic, No. 6 Kevin Anderson, No. 7 Dominic Thiem and No. 15 Lucas Pouille. Stepping in, pushing to take the first crack, letting it rip even on the slow shale of Roland Garros.

The rising popularity of the team will no doubt be added to by the decision to enlist it as the MLS' newest expansion team, especially since it will be joining the league in 2019, a year sooner than most other recently announced members.

Show us the handsome game, Cincinnati.

The Sacramento Republic FC emailed a statement to the media Tuesday afternoon, congratulating FC Cincinnati. More information is available by calling 513-977-KICK (5425).

That would be the 2012 MLS Draft, when Berry - one of FC Cincinnati's initial player signings who retired after last season to become the team's strength and conditioning coach - was selected by the Chicago Fire with the ninth overall pick.

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