INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY: FC Cincinnati versus Valencia CF.

IT’S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCH DAY! Tonight, FC Cincinnati was playing host to Valencia CF of Spain’s La Liga. Last season’s international friendly match against Crystal Palace was hands-down easily the biggest, most anticipated match of the season. To say that this season, I’m not so sure. We were definitely looking forward to this match. After the USOC win over Columbus Crew and the USOC win over Chicago Fire, both at Nippert, we had a feeling that this match was going to pale in comparison. Exposure to La Liga is pretty limited. La Liga matches are shown on BeIN Sports, only available through extra subscription sports packages with most televisions providers. And that makes it pretty hard to follow La Liga. Especially compared to the readily available, easily accessible English Premier League on NBCSports or Germany Bundesliga on FOXSports. I only know players on Barcelona and the two Madrid teams. And that’s because of the UEFA Champions League. To be honest, I couldn’t name one player on Valencia off the top of my head. But still, it’s always pretty exciting to get the opportunity to watch a big foreign side play in your backyard. I just wish I was more familiar with the side FC Cincinnati was welcoming into Nippert Stadium…

We got to Nippert soooo early…

Almost an hour before kickoff…

They played a really cool La Liga promotional video before the match…

I really wish I would have taken a video of it. Because I can’t find it anywhere. It was really cool, all the highlights and history will all the big name players of La Liga. Really cool. Also pretty cool? The march of the supporter’s groups to The Bailey…

The public address announcer told everyone to look up into the sky…

It was quite the dramatic entrance for the Stars & Stripes

The teams made their way onto the pitch…

Valencia CF…

Pat McMahon got a rare start!

O say can you see…

Monday Night Futbol. That’s clever…

Valencia CF…

And I missed the FC Cincinnati team shot…

And we’re underway. La Liga in Cincinnati…

Dallas Jaye entered the match for FC|C no. 1 Mitch Hildebrant in the 32nd minute…

At the half, the match was still 0-0…

And that means it’s time for SPRINKLES!

At halftime, there was a ceremony to honor Omar Cummings for a fantastic career… 

Omar Cummings is a native of Jamaica who played soccer for both Cincinnati State and University of Cincinnati before getting drafted as the number 31 overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Colorado Rapids. He went on to become an MLS All-Star and earn 35 caps with the Jamaican National Team. Last season, he became one of the original eleven FC Cincinnati players…

Omar Cummings would kick off the second half…

And the second half is underway…

FC Cincinnati was about to make wholesale substitutions…

Omar Cummings got subbed off the pitch for the final time as a professional to a huge standing ovation from an appreciative Nippert Stadium…

And then… Goal! 1-0 Valencia!

The goal looked more than a little offside to me but it’s not very often they get offsides right at Nippert Stadium…

Three more minutes of La Liga in Cincinnati…

FC Cincinnati was awarded a corner in the dying moments of the match…

Note FC Cincinnati’s third string keeper making his way into the penalty box to try to get his head on the corner. He didn’t manage to do that. Valencia was able to clear the ball, jail broke out of the box and sprinted down the field for an empty net goal. And with that, it was 2-0

On an interesting side note, it turns out the player who scored Valencia’s second goal was the Italian striker, Simone Zaza. In last summer’s European Championships, Zaza was inserted into the quarter-final match up against Germany just before for the penalty shoot-out. After a really bizarre run up to the ball, he had what is widely considered to be one of the worst misses from the penalty spot of all-time. Just saying. Zaza…

And at the full-time whistle, it was Valencia CF 2-0 over FC Cincinnati

It was a very good match. FC Cincinnati has some pretty good chances but the technical abilities of the Valencia players were the real treat. The passing and the control were just leaps and bounds those of FC|C. It was very entertaining to watch.

Watch all 94 minutes of last night’s FC Cincinnati international friendly against Valencia CF.

Next up, FC Cincinnati returns to Nippert Stadium this Saturday as they take the seventh place Rochester Rhinos. And we’ll see you there! 😀⚽️🦇❤️

The laziest Sunday.

We had the laziest Sunday. After the soccer game last night and the big international friendly tomorrow, we just laid around pretty much all day…

We did manage to pull ourselves off the sofa long enough to order more delicious Mexican food from Los Potrillos via OrderUp

And then it was right back to laying around and watching movies…

It was a pretty wonderful Sunday. 😀🌮🌯📺❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Harrisburg City Islanders.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCH DAY ELEVEN! This evening FC Cincinnati was taking on the Harrisburg City Islanders at Nippert Stadium…

We met Cory and Amy at Mac’s Pizza Pub. We got to talking, didn’t realize the time and missed the kick-off which was fine because it was so hot and humid to day. Temperatures were well over 100º. When we got over to Nippert, we were happy to see we didn’t miss anything and the score was still 0-0…

As soon as we got over to our seats, the match went into a weather delay for approaching lightning in the area…

After an hour and nine-minute lightning delay, play was finally back under way. And it didn’t take very long for FC Cincinnati to take a 1-0 lead. Djiby tallied his 11th goal of the season

The sky started to get pretty crazy looking…

At the end of the first half, it was still 1-0 to FC Cincinnati. SPRINKLES!

GOAL FC CINCINNATI! Danni Konig made it 2-0 FC|C

Uh-oh…

And there’s the second lightning delay of the match…

At this point, we called it a match and headed for home. As it turns out, the second lightning delay only lasted for thirty-five minutes. When play once again resumed, Jimmy McLaughlin made it 3-0 FC Cincinnati! And that’s how the match would end,
3-0 FC Cincinnati. The win is FC|C’s third straight in USL games and moves them into fourth place in the USL East!

We got home just in time to watch the second half of the Gold Cup semifinal match between USMNT v. Costa Rica. And the USA won 2-0 to advance to Wednesday’s Gold Cup final against Jamaica!

Monday is FC Cincinnati’s big international friendly against Valencia CF of Spain’s
La Liga. To say we’re a little excited, might just be the understatement of the season.
The match will also be on ESPN3/Watch ESPN. But we’ll see you there! 😀⚽️❤️

 

Good evening from Northside.

Good evening from Northside. 😀☁️❤️

Summer Hours: Higher Gravity Northside.

I actually had a Summer Hours where it didn’t rain. So we walked down to check out Higher Gravity Crafthaus, the new bar/craft beer & wine store in Northside…

Higher Gravity has 14 beers on tap. And you can check out their current draft list lineup on Untappd

Higher Gravity also has over 400 cans and bottles on-shelf and in their cooler…

Their fully stocked walk-in cooler…

I had a Keypunch from Urban Artifact and Genifer had a taster of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Isla Estraña Saison Farmhouse Ale…

And we shared a Short’s Exeter sour with strawberry and lemon…

And a we had a couple of tasters of Streetside Brewery Little Balls of Blue and a Sumatra Mountain Brown from Founders

Higher Gravity is such a cool place. It’s like a having a little Party Source just down the street from us. Northside just keeps getting better and better. 😀🥃❤️

Pause for paws.

Oscar waiting for me to throw his beloved sammich. Taken with Instagram. 😀🐶❤️

Taken with Instagram.

Today was National Hot Dog Day! I ate the leftover hot dogs from last night for lunch…

We had a cheese tasting and chat about all things cheese at work this afternoon…

My favorite cheese I sampled was the Tillamook Hot Habanero Jack. But it was cheese,
so they were all pretty dang good. I saw this cool little moped outside of work…

And someone lost their shoes. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a pair of lost shoes…

Later in the evening when we were walking Oscar, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky…

We had chicken and broccoli noodles with garlic bread for dinner…

It was sort of like Fettuccine Alfredo. But still really tasty. And then we watched the USMNT take on El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup…

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Despite a less than convincing 2-0 USA win, it was still a really good Wednesday.
Taken with Instagram. 😀

Three days in a row!

We fired up the grill again tonight! We did. We’ve grilled three days in a row now…

This time it was Cheddarwurst hot dogs and a couple more chicken breasts…

We ate the hot dogs for dinner tonight…

And the chicken breasts are for dinner tomorrow. Genifer mentioned something about fettuccine alfredo with chicken and garlic breads, and that sounds awesome…

But first, we had to down some cheddar dogs with potato salad and chips & dips…

Geez. You just can’t beat stuff off the grill. YUM! 😀🌭🐔🔥❤️

Two days in a row!

For the second day in a row, we fired up the grill! Tonight, we grilled up some steaks and Genifer threw a chicken breast on the grill for her lunch tomorrow…

Just look at that meaty deliciousness!

Genifer made baked potatoes and pasta salad to go with our big juicy steaks. And it was outstanding! You can’t beat meat off the grill. 😀🥩🐔🔥❤️

It’s what’s for dinner.

Genifer made Honey Sriracha Chicken again for dinner this evening with wontons…

It’s one of my favorites. Taken with Instagram. 😀🍚❤️