One of the newest franchises in Major League Soccer, FC Cincinnati began play on March 2, 2019 with a match against Seattle Sounders FC. What followed was a difficult inaugural year for the Ohio-based franchise. FC Cincinnati struggled considerably throughout their first season in the league, but the club looks to reverse its fortune with the start of a new decade. The team currently plays at the University of Cincinnati Bearcats’Nippert Stadium, but beginning in 2021, the club will have its own facility known as West End Stadium. FC Cincinnati’s colors are orange and blue, and the club already has a developing rivalry with Columbus Crew SC, another MLS team located in Ohio. With a revamped front office putting several exciting new players on the field, FC Cincinnati will be a team to watch in the future. Check StubHub for FC Cincinnati tickets today and enjoy a new Ohio soccer tradition.
Where are FC Cincinnati games played?
FC Cincinnati’s inaugural 2019 and subsequent 2020 seasons will be played at Nippert Stadium. As the home of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats’ football team, Nippert will only be a temporary home for FC Cincinnati. However, that did not stop fans from supporting the team in their first year. FC Cincinnati games were actually the second most-attended home games in the Eastern Conference, trailing only Atlanta United FC and its massive following. The club is then scheduled to play at West End Stadium after its completion in 2021. The stadium is a $250 million project that will be a state-of-the-art facility for both the players and the fans.
Columbus Crew SC has a rivalry with FC Cincinnati that predates the club’s MLS days. In 2015, the previous FC Cincinnati began play in the USL, a tier below MLS. The two Ohio-based teams met for the first time in the US Open Cup in 2017 with FC Cincinnati upsetting the Crew 1-0. When the MLS club was announced, the rivalry instantly gained even more significance. Now known as the "Hell is Real" rivalry due to a longstanding billboard between the two cities, this rivalry will surely be some of the hottest FC Cincinnati tickets for years to come.
Who are the best players on FC Cincinnati?
Some of FC Cincinnati’s most exciting players in 2019 were Allan Cruz, Emmanuel Ledesma, Kekuta Manneh and Darren Mattocks, who all scored multiple goals for the club. Prior to the 2020 season, Gerard Nijkamp took over as general manager. Several new players were then brought in, including Saad Abdul-Salaam, Zico Bailey and Yuya Kubo. Most notably, Nijkamp was able to sign Dutch attacker Jurgen Locadia as a Designated Player. The 26-year-old was previously one of Europe’s top prospects and has experience in several top leagues.
Who is the head coach of FC Cincinnati?
Gerard Nijkamp hired a new head coach quickly into his tenure as general manager, once again hiring another Dutchman in Ron Jans. Jans has experience previously coaching eight clubs in Europe, and FC Cincinnati will be his first position in MLS. Jans took over in August 2019, coaching the remaining 10 games in the year before his first full season in 2020.Back to Top
Epic events and incredible deals straight to your inbox.