FC Cincinnati versus Wayne Rooney.

This evening FC Cincinnati played host to Wayne Rooney and DC United. It was the other match that we were kinda excited about this season because of who was going to be on the pitch tonight at Nippert Stadium. They were handing out terrific
little FC Cincinnati away jersey rally towels before today’s match…

And that’s pretty cool because I really have a thing for rally towels. I love them…

The match was being televised on ESPN as the Match of the Week or something and that meant there were cameras everywhere…

It was a white-out at Nippert Stadium for today’s match…

All of a sudden it made sense why they were giving out white away jersey rally towels. And there he is…

The man. The Myth. The Legend…

Wayne Rooney…

I was also rather surprised at how many people brought their Wayne Rooney jerseys to the match in hopes that Wayne would sign them…

He didn’t sign one of them. In fact, he didn’t even look it their direction…

 

At halftime, FC|C honored Cincinnati native and World Cup champion, Rose Lavelle

So that was pretty neat to see Rose Lavelle…

And that was that. DC United won 4-1 and Wayne Rooney one-upped Zlatan and scored at Nippert Stadium. After the match was mercifully over, we stopped at Penn Station for sammiches while we waited for the Uber prices to stop surging…

Unlike FC|C, Penn Station is sooo good. 😀⚽️❤️

CHAMPIONS!

The USWNT are World Cup champions once again!

😀⚽️🏆🏆🏆🏆❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Houston Dynamo.

FC Cincinnati played host to Houston Dynamo tonight at Nippert Stadium…

And by some soccer miracle, FC Cincinnati actually won 3-2. 😀⚽️❤️

Timehopping.

One year ago today, I had my second hip replacement surgery…

Two years ago, USL FC Cincinnati defeated MLS Chicago Fire in the US Open Cup…

And three years ago, we moved into our house in Northside…

That’s a pretty historically busy day! Thanks, Timehop!😀🦕❤️

FC Cincinnati versus the Zlatan.

This evening FC Cincinnati played host to Zlatan Ibrahimovich and LA Galaxy. It was one of the few matches we were really excited about this season because of who was going to be on the pitch tonight at Nippert Stadium…

They were giving away free samples of Heineken 0.0 beer…

It might have been pretty good if it wasn’t warm.

And there he is, Zlatan Ibrahimovich…

Zlatan has is a prolific goalscorer who is best known for his technique, his creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability. His career reads like a who’s who of the European giants. He played Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris St. Germain and Manchester United all before moving to MLS to join LA Galaxy.

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones there to see Zlatan…

Galaxy beat FC|C 2-0. But Zlatan didn’t score any goals. 😀⚽️❤️

USWNT at Taft’s Brewpourium.

This afternoon we went over to Taft’s Brewpourium to watch the USWNT’s World Cup group match against Chile…

USWNT won 3-0 and the pizza was as delicious as always. 😀⚽️🏆🍕❤️

It has begun.

The USWNT finally got their World Cup started with today’s match against Thailand…

It was pretty neat to see USWNT on the big screen at work today. When I got out of my meeting, they were already up 7-0. And they would go on to a shocking 13-0 thumping of Thailand. 😀⚽️🏆❤️

USMNT v. Venezuela.

This afternoon our United States Men’s National Team was playing host to Venezuela at Nippert Stadium as a warm-up to the upcoming Gold Cup…

We should have known what was in store for us when the USMNT starting lineup was announced. No Christian Pulisic. No Michael Bradley. We didn’t even recognize half of the names in the starting eleven. But it’s the USMNT, right? In Cincinnati. At Nippert…

And here was the best part. The team’s walkout and Sam the Bald Eagle and our National Anthem with the National Team in Cincinnati…

The USMNT had a couple of good chances at the beginning of the match…

Then it pretty much went downhill from there really fast…

The USMNT was down 3-0 after just 36 minutes…

And that’s how the match would end 3-0 to Venezuela

If you really wanted to thank your fans, you wouldn’t play a complete B team that mailed in their performance.

It’s stupid hard not to be ridiculously disappointed with both this team selection, the performance and the outcome of this match. I was really looking forward to seeing the USMNT in person. There were a lot of people who paid a lot of money to watch this team for the first time at Nippert Stadium and this happens. Not us, we just had general admission tickets. But now we’ve seen the National Team and I don’t know that we’ll ever need to see them again.

After the match, we went to Mac’s for a pizza…

And we saw this…

And it’s funny because it’s true. What a disappointing afternoon. At least the pizza was really good. 😀🇺🇸⚽️🇻🇪❤️

Sunday funday.

This afternoon we went downtown got an Uber to see this afternoon’s Reds game…

They were playing the Pirates in a doubleheader today…

We had tickets way back at the beginning of the season for the Reds second game…

But it got rained out which led to the FC|C monsoon game

There’s this new outpost bar out by the Wiffle ball field at GABP…

They’re always adding something new at the ballpark…

And the Reds lost 8-5. But of course, they won the second game 8-1 with a Jose Iglesias grand slam in a six-run first inning. And Puig and Double D went back-to-back in the 7th. Figures. After the game, we passed through Taste of Cincinnati…

Soooo many people. We also walked by our old apartment building. They built a whole brand new dog area in front of Sycamore Place…

It looked really nice. It smelled a bit like dog pee when we were walked by but it was a much better use of the space than when it was just a silly ten space parking lot…

And we kept walking up in OtR to have lunch at The Pony

And then we hopped in an Uber and headed for home. It was another really fun Sunday. 😀⚾️🐴❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Red Bulls.

The last time we saw the MLS version of Red Bulls, they were abruptly ending the magical US Open Cup run of our FC|C in the semi-finals back in 2017. We were hoping that the new look, big-time MLS version of FC Cincinnati could exact a little revenge in their very first MLS league encounter at Nippert Stadium with the team from Harrison, New Jersey. FC|C played away to Red Bulls back in at the end of April and lost 1-0. And with the way this season of Cincinnati soccer is shaping up, we really weren’t holding our breath…

And at the half, it was still 0-0…

It was a really beautiful night for a soccer match…

And Red Bulls ended up pulling off a 2-0 win with goals in the 78th and 90th+1 minutes. 😀❤️⚽️