FC Cincinnati versus North Carolina FC.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCH DAY FOUR!

Midweek FC Cincinnati defeated Detroit City FC 4-1 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Tonight, FC|C was playing host to North Carolina FC. Just like Atlanta United 2 two weeks ago, NCFC are also USL new boys. NCFC were formerly the Carolina RailHawks of the NASL before making the switch to USL. It turned out to be a pretty night for soccer…

HERE WE GO!

1-0 FC CINCINNATI!

At the half, it was 2-0 FC Cincinnati! Both goals were scored by Nazmi Albadawi, who just happened to be featured on tonight’s season tickets

Here’s Nazmi’s second goal again in slow-motion. And speaking of slow-motion…

SPRINKLES!

PENALTY TO FC CINCINNATI! 3-0

Tonight’s announced match attendence was 22, 884 um… hmmm…

Hello friends…

We spotted this guy in the crowd wearing a Kalamazoo College t-shirt…

FC Cincinnati’s Danni Konig added a fourth for FC|C before being subbed…

FINAL WHISTLE! The match ended in a 4-1 win for FC Cincinnati.

What a night! Great game. Great 3 points! FC Cincinnati stays atop the USL Eastern Conference. Next, FC Cincinnati will travel to Pittsburgh for a tough midweek US Open Cup match against the Riverhounds. And then they’re back home at Nippert Stadium next Saturday for another huge clash against rivals Louisville City in a first place versus second place showdown. We’ll see you next Saturday at Nippert! 😀⚽️❤️

Three years ago today…

We were at the Reds game when one of the Reds PNC PowerStacks actually caught on fire during the game…

I had forgotten about being at this game. Thankfully, Timehop never forgets. 😀🔥🦕❤

FC Cincinnati versus Atlanta FC 2.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCH DAY THREE! FC Cincinnati was playing host to USL new boys Atlanta FC 2. We arrived at Nippert about 15 minutes into the start of FC|C’s match against AFC2 due to watching the running of the Kentucky Derby at Mac’s Pizza Pub…

But that’s okay, it had been raining all day anyway. But by the time we headed over to Nippert Stadium, the rain had just about stopped…

It was still 0-0 when we got to Nippert. So we really didn’t miss much of anything…

We had just reached our seats when FC Cincinnati opened the scoring

2-0 FC CINCINNATI

And FC|C restored their two-goal lead, 3-1

At halftime, the score was 3-1 FC Cincinnati! That means it’s time for SPRINKLES!

Here we go…

FC Cincinnati added a fourth! 4-2!

And the match would end with victorious on the night with a massive 4-2 win

What a great end to Cinco de Derby day! 😀⚽️❤️

UPDATE: With tonight’s win, FC Cincinnati leapfrogged Louisville City to sit all alone atop the USL Eastern Conference in first place. And ICYMI, Kenney Walker’s superb long-range effort midweek against Ottawa Fury finished number one on SportsCenter’s Top 10.

His goal also finished with the USL Goal of the Week honors for USL Week 7…

As if there was ever any doubt.

Cinco de Derby.

We dodged the raindrops and walked down to Second Place for their Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby pregame

They were having special one-day-only Margarita and Mint Julep slushies

Those Mint Julep slushes were out of this world! We hung out and had some slushes and watched some the ridiculously extensive NBC pre-Derby coverage. About an hour or so before the Derby was ready to actually start, we caught an Uber to Mac’s Pizza Pub on campus. We watched Justify win the Derby from Mac’s. What a fun way to pre-game to the FC Cincinnati match! 😀🥃🐴❤️

Reds baseball game #1.

Our Reds are off to a historically bad start to the baseball season. Last time I looked, I think the Reds had the worst record in all of baseball at 7-22. And they were already 10 games out of first place in the NL Central. It’s pretty tough to be really enthusiastic about the Reds right now. But still, their games are on in our house every night even if they’re now relegated to a peripheral tablet. Regardless of how bad the Reds are, they’re still our Reds. And seven years ago today, we went to a Reds game on our very first date. Even though they’re not doing so hot this year when the Reds play at home on the anniversary of your first date, you go to the Reds game. That’s exactly what we did tonight. We went to our first Reds game of the year. And we were super hyped about it…

Just kidding. We’re always excited to go to Reds games. Among the new features at the ballpark is this Budweiser wagon where you can get $5 Bud and Bud Lights to drink on Crosley Terrace before you enter the ballpark…

We stopped to look at our Reds All-Star brick

Another new feature is out in right field, the Budweiser Balcony

They added a bunch of TV’s underneath the new balcony….

And a big Budweiser bar on top of the new balcony…

It’s pretty nice up there. It used to be just kind of a dead space out in right field. Now it feels much more finished. The most intriguing new food offering was also out in right field at Mr. Reds Smokehouse called the Smokehouse Bowl…

It was BBQ chicken, baked beans, mac&cheese and cole slaw all in a taco shell…

I’m not sure that I would get it again. But it was pretty darn tasty. It’s one of those things that you can say that you tried and then go back to old ballpark food staples. Give me a couple of dogs or a Peen Station Cheesesteak or a Big Boy and I’m a happy guy.

My Swarm check-in from the game…

It was the 180th Reds game I’ve checked into on my Swarm and the 23rd time seeing the Reds play the Milwaukee Brewers.

And I don’t care how bad the Reds are. Great American Ball Park will always be my happy place. Just look at that view…

Our seats were up in The Fioptics District. We love it up there. With the Fioptics District Ticket for just $15, you can enjoy ballpark seats or the terraces where you can stand and watch the game, access to the exclusive rooftop and your first drink!

It was pretty awesome. We felt like we had GABP all to ourselves…

The announced attendance was 9,536…

But we’re guessing the actual number was less than half of that…

We headed for home in the ninth inning. The Reds were down by one when we left. When we got to the car, the game was final and the Reds lost 6-5.

Win or lose, it doesn’t make a difference to me. I just love being at the ballpark with the love of my life. 😀⚾️7⃣❤️

 

 

Westside Sunday.

We had to run some more errands this afternoon and we found ourselves once again on the Westside of Cincinnati. And that was cool with us because we got to catch a little bit of Genifer’s nephew’s baseball game…

I think we’re good over on the Westside for a minute. 😀⚾️⬅️❤️

A quick run around downtown.

I ran some errands around downtown Cincinnati this afternoon. At the beginning of every baseball season, I let myself buy a new Reds sweatshirt and a new reds polo shirt.  I’ve been looking for a Reds quart-zip fleece forever. But I’ve never really been able to find exactly what I’ve been looking for. I bought a grey Reds quarter-zip online. But when it showed up in the mail, I really didn’t like it. It just seemed really cheap. But yet, the price tag wasn’t really cheap at all. So I dropped it off at the UPS Store by Fountain Square to send it back for a refund. From there, I headed down Fourth Street to Kock’s Sporting Goods to see if they had a Reds hoodie that I’ve been eyeballing for last three or four seasons now. They had it in stock, and it was $30 less than I’ve seen it anywhere else but they only it in a small. I stopped to admire the view of an empty lot where a rather large parking garage used to stand at the corner of Fourth and Race Streets…

I continued back down Fourth Street and noticed the new Sleepy Bee on Fourth…

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Sleepy Bee. Someday, I’ll have to give it a try. From there, I walked down to GABP…

I got us some Reds tickets for the seven-year anniversary of our first date on Monday…

The Reds team shop had the sweatshirt I’ve been eyeballing…

But it’s a Nike hoodie and it’s $120 in the team shop. And that’s just stupid. They also only had it in a medium. When I tried the medium on, it was a bit snug. I like my hoodies kind of baggy. Thankfully, they didn’t have a large. And I wasn’t tempting into paying way too much for a ridiculously overpriced sweatshirt to rep the worst team in baseball. Instead, I  ordered this Reds hoodie from Homage online while standing in the Reds team shop. And it was half the price of the Nike hoodie. And it was on sale. Coming out of the team shop, I noticed a new taco shop in the new AC Hotel in The Banks, Condado

All those people waiting outside for a table. It’s kind of silly. Inside looked cool though…

I made my way down the street to BurgerFi

I grabbed a burger and then I walked back to work. It was a nice little lunchtime run around downtown. And there’s always something new in downtown Cincinnati. 😀🏙️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCH DAY TWO! FC|C was hosting Pittsburgh Riverhounds…

The match ended in a 2-2 draw in front of a crowd of 24,505. It was a good game. Back and forth with FC|C coming back to tie the match twice. I took a bunch more photos at tonight’s match. Click to see all the photos I took at FC Cincinnati versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds. 😀⚽️❤️

Second Place Sunday.

This afternoon we walked down to Second Place to watch the FC Cincinnati match…

They were playing away to Bethlehem Steel…

And FC|C tied Bethlehem Steel 1-1 in what turned out to be a pretty boring match. But the bourbon slushes were great as always. And once again, it’s really great to finally be able to walk places again. 😀2⃣🏆⚽️🍹❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Louisville City FC.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCH DAY ONE! Today was the FC Cincinnati 2018 home opener!

FC|C was playing defending USL Champs and heated rivals, Louisville City FC…

Turns out one our favorite former FC|C players, Pat McMahon now plays for LCFC…

He’s fourth from the left with the beard. The Bailey’s Streamergate tifo…

It was pretty cold at tonight’s match. FC|C lost 1-0 on a goal scored in the 13th minute. Other than that, all you could really do was focus on how cold you were. We left around the 90th-minute mark. I took a bunch of photos at the match. Click here to see all the photos I took at FC Cincy Match Day ONE! 😀⚽️❄️❤️

 

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