We have our tickets!

We’ve already received our tickets in the mail for a couple of upcoming FC Cincinnati matches are going to be huge. HUGE! First up is the massive Fith Round US Open Cup match at Nippert Stadium against the Chicago Fire of MLS…

And we’ve also received our tickets for this season’s incredible international friendly when FC Cincinnati welcomes Valencia CF of Spain’s La Liga to Nippert Stadium…

And here are our tickets in all their spectacular soccer glory…

To say that we are just a little bit excited for these matches might be the biggest understatement of the season. 😀❤️⚽️

FC Cincinnati versus Charleston Battery.

IT’S MATCH DAY! FC Cincinnati was taking on Charleston Battery. It was another big match for FC|C! The Battery was the top team in the USL’s Eastern Conference…

We got into Nippert Stadium just ahead of the march of the supporters groups…

O say can you see…

FC Cincinnati head coach Alan Kock started both big forwards, Djiby and Danni König!

HERE WE GO!

GOAL! FC CINCINNATI! 1-0! Djiby stole that one from Harrison Delbridge…

At the half, it was still 1-0 FC Cincinnati…

And that means it’s time for SPRINKLES!

Charleston Battery found their equaliser, but it was another great crowd tonight…

And then the Battery took the took the lead…

But then FC Cincinnati’s Andrew Wiedeman scored the equaliser that would go on to make Sportscenter’s Top 10 later the next morning

Three minutes to be added on…

And the match ended 2-2

I thought it was a pretty good result for FC Cincinnati to be able to get a point against the first place team…

Next match for FC Cincinnati is next Saturday when they welcome St. Louis FC back to Nippert Stadium. If you remember back, St. Louis FC is the team that Djiby scored four against earlier in the season. It’ll be exciting to see if he can manage to repeat that amazing feat…

And of course, we’ll see you there! 😀❤️⚽️

USOC17: FC Cincinnati versus Columbus Crew.

IT’S HERE! IT’S MATCH DAY! It’s the Inaugural Hell Is Real Cup! The first ever Battle for Soccer Supremacy in Ohio! FC Cincinnati versus Columbus Crew. At Nippert Stadium!

A fair number of Crew fans made the drive down to Cincinnati for the match…

The Crew brought their “A” team to Cincinnati tonight. In the red pinnie is the Crew’s star player Frederico Higuan…

And in front of him is Justin Meram…

O say can you see…

 

 

HELL IS REAL

HERE… WE… GO!

Neither team could open the scoring, and FC Cincinnati survived the first half against Columbus Crew unscathed…

SPRINKLES!

And the second half is underway…

DJIBY! GOAL! 1-0 FC CINCINNATI!

Just to put tonight’s attendance in perspective, the highest ever home attendance for a Columbus Crew match was 31,550. Per Bailey Banter:
FC Cincinnati has an average attendance of 19,132 as of Week 11 with a total attendance of 114,790 off of just 6 home matches (far and away the highest
in the USL
).
Columbus Crew has an average attendance of 13,050 and total attendance
of 104,402
as off Week 14 off of 8 home matches (lowest in the MLS).
(Attendance stats provided by SoccerStadiumDigest.com)
And the largest crowd for a soccer game in Ohio is still last summer’s FC Cincy friendly against Crystal Palace that drew a whopping 35,061 people

 

It seemed like a smoked grenade accidentally went off in the middle of the traveling Crew supporters…

Or were they conceding the match? The fourth official signaled there would be an agonizing six additional minutes of time added on…

BLOW! THE! WHISTLE! 👏👏👏

AND THERE’S THE FINAL WHISTLE! 1-0 FC CINCINNATI! FC|C JUST KNOCKED THE COLUMBUS CREW OUT OF THE 2017 US OPEN CUP! HELL IS REAL FOR COLUMBUS!

FC|C take on first-placed Charleston Battery this Saturday at Nippert Stadium…

It was such an unbelievable night. Electric atmosphere. Pretty indescribable. There really aren’t words. And the game actually made Scott Van Pelt’s SportsCenter.

UPDATE: FC Cincinnati were placed in the South Region of the US Open Cup. The draw for the Fifth Round of the US Open Cup pits FC|C against Bastian Schweinsteiger and the MSL’s Chicago Fire. And once again as the luck of the draw would have it, FC Cincy’s Sweet Sixteen USOC match will be played at Nippert Stadium on June 28th…

And of course, we’ll see you there! 😀❤️⚽️👊💯

FC Cincinnati versus Charlotte Independence.

IT’S MATCH DAY! This evening FC Cincinnati was taking on Charlotte Independence in the battle for the Queen City Cup. Coming into today’s match up at Nippert Stadium, Charlotte Independence was sitting in near the bottom of the USL’s Eastern Conference in 12th place and our FC|C was residing in 7th place. It seemed like it would be a great place to pick up a much needed three points and start to climb up the table a bit…

We stopped at Mac’s Pizza Pub again before the match. When I went to the restroom,
I came back to find this photo on my phone…

Silly head. We headed over to Nippert…

Sam the Cincinnati’s Zoo’s Bald Eagle made an appearance at today’s match…

And we’re underway…

It was a beautiful evening for soccer…

Charlotte Independence was on the board first courtesy of a near post screamer…

And just the before half, FC|C’s former Arsenal defender, Justin Hoyte levelled the score at 1-1 with a beauty of a goal

And that was the score at the break…

SPRINKLES!!!

SOOOO EXCITED FOR THIS WEDNESDAY…

But first, FC Cincinnati still had some work to do here today…

Here we go…

21,115

DJIBY! Back from suspension was about to enter the match…

Three minutes of time added on…

But no one could break the deadlock, and the match ended 1-1

Not surprisingly, Justin Hoyte was the Man of the Match…

WEDNESDAY! 

After the match, there were postgame fireworks set to the music of Bunbury…

Eagerly awaiting the start of the fireworks…

At the start of the fireworks, I sat my Polaroid Cube on the wall next to us. This is the video I captured of the FC Cincinnati fireworks…

It was a pretty spectacular fireworks display. And speaking of fireworks, there are going to even more fireworks happening at Nippert Stadium this coming week as our FC Cincinnati welcomes an MLS squad into Nippert for the very first time. As mentioned, they will host the Columbus Crew on Wednesday in the fourth round of the 2017 US Open Cup. And then Saturday, FC|C hosts the USL Eastern Conference first-place side, Charleston Battery at Nippert as well. Talk about a couple of really big matches!
We’ll see you there!

 

Have yourself a game, Scooter Gennett!

Scooter Gennett had four home runs including a grand slam, 10 RBIs and 17 total bases in tonight’s game against the Cardinals. Have yourself a game, Scooter Gennett!
He became the first Red to ever hit 4 HRs in one game, and just the 17th player in MLB history. WOW! 😀🙃👊💪💯⚾️❤️

USOC17: FC Cincinnati versus Louisville City FC.

IT’S MATCH DAY! And it’s the Dirty River Derby US Open Cup edition. Our beloved FC Cincinnati were taking on heated rival Louisville City FC at Nippert in the third round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup 2017. And if just knocking Louisville out of the Cup wasn’t motivation enough, the winner of this match gets to host Columbus Crew in the fourth round of the USOC…

Kind of a sparse crowd in attendance tonight for such a big match…

Digging the guy in the full FC Cincinnati goalkeeper kit…

The last time these two teams met at Nippert, Djiby got red carded and then suspended for an additional five matches for supposedly biting as Louisville player…

So you know he has some revenge on his mind.

O say can you see…

HERE WE GO! Cmon boys!

A nice handful of LCFC fans made the drive up from Louisville for the match…

And at halftime, the match was still knotted at 0-0…

SPRINKLES!!!

Here we go! The second half is underway…

GOAL! DJIBY! 1-0 FC CINCINNATI! 

I think this was the smallest crowd ever at Nippert for an FC Cincinnati match…

For comparison, Louisville City FC averaged 7,218 at their home matches in 2016.

AND THERE’S THE FULL-TIME WHISTLE! 1-0 FC Cincinnati

Next match for FC Cincinnati at Nippert will be on June 10th…

When they host Charlotte Indepence…

And…

ON JUNE 14th at 7pm…

#MLS2Cincy…

It’s so exciting! The inaugural HELL IS REAL derby! What a great night! Both on and off the pitch…

SEE YOU ON THE 10th AND THE 14TH! And yes, we already have our tickets for this…

😀 ⚽️ ❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Toronto FC2.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCH DAY!

This evening FC Cincinnati was taking on Toronto FC 2…

O Canada

O say can you see

HERE WE GO!

GOAL! 1-0 FC Cincinnati!

Danni König!

At the half, it was 1-0 FC Cincinnati…

SPRINKLES!

HERE WE GOOOO…

The fourth official signalled for three minutes to be added on…

And that’s the way the match ended, 1-0 to FC Cincinnati!

After the match, we took an Uber back to Northside and stopped into Second Place for a celebratory bourbon slush…

It was a pretty terrific evening. FC Cincinnati is back at Nippert Stadium this Wednesday as they take on rival Louisville City FC in the third round of the US Open Cup. Djiby will be looking for some revenge. Louisville City FC is the team that Djiby got sent off against and suspended for six matches after allegedly biting an LCFC player. Hopefully, FC|C can knock LCFC out of the US Open Cup. We’ll see you there! 😀 ❤️ ⚽️

FA Cup Champions.

We watched The FA Cup final live from Wembley this afternoon on the telly. I was so happy that my Arsenal managed to down newly-crowned champions Chelsea. It was a long season for the Gunners. It was really nice to have it end on such a high note…

Amid all the turmoil this season, I’ve always been very much Wenger stay.

Since he took leadership of Arsenal in 1996, Arsene Wenger steered them to 3 Premier League titles, 7 FA Cups, FA Community Shields and 21 straight Champions League appearances. His teams also set several English records: the longest win streak, the longest unbeaten run and the only 38 match season unbeaten.

I suppose there’s a chance that by getting rid of Arsene Wenger and making the change to another manager could reap more championships or maybe be more successful in the Champions League. But I think there’s a greater chance that the team would not be nearly as successful. I just don’t understand how people have been all upset by the club “only” lifting 16 trophies in the last 21 years. And how many other clubs would love to have a run of 21 consecutive top four finishes? I guess for some people nothing’s ever good enough. 😀 ⚽️ ❤️

UPDATE: Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year deal! But he was told by Arsenal chiefs, You must win major trophy in two years.” No pressure there. Ugh. 😬

 

Reds baseball game #4.

Tonight, our Reds were taking on the Cleveland Indians in the second game of this year’s Ohio Cup. It was a pretty night so we went to our fourth Reds game of this baseball season…

Amir Garrett was pitching for the Reds…

He took a line drive off his non-pitching hand in the first

Like I said, it was a really pretty evening…

ARIMSMENDY ALCANTARA!

Eugenio Suarez hit a pinch-hit three-run homer to tie the game at seven

BARGE!

The Reds ended losing the game 8-7. :/

But it sure was great to be back at the ball park again. 🙂

Two goals = half-priced pizzas.

When FC Cincy scores two goals, Papa John’s offers half-priced pizzas the next day! So this evening, we got a Papa John’s pizza and some cheese sticks…

YUM! Half-priced pizza sure is delicious! 😀 ❤️ ⚽️ 🍕

FC Cincinnati versus Bethlehem Steel.

IT’S MATCHDAY! Today, FC Cincinnati was taking on Bethlehem Steel. Somehow, this was the already third time this season the two teams had met. FC Cincy travelled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in both of the two prior meetings, and they lost both matches. The first 2-0 and the second 1-0. In both matches. And FC|C had a player sent off in both matches. So we were hoping that our boys in blue could exact a little revenge on the team from the Lehigh Valley…

 

HERE WE GO…

FC|C’s Corben Bone took a nasty knock on the noggin…

I set our Polaroid CUBE on the row in front of us to record some of the atmosphere and actually captured FC Cincinnati’s first goal. And even though you can’t see the goal, the crowd reaction is still pretty great…

1-0 to FC CINCINNATI!

The referee gave Bethlehem Steel a penalty…

Which they converted…

 

We thought we felt raindrops so we moved over to watch the match from under the protection of an overhang…

And that’s how the first ended 1-1…

SPRINKLES!

2-1 FC CINCINNATI!

FC Cincinnati new boy Danni Konig scored both FC|C goals!

In the 90th minute, the match was suspended due to lightning in the area…

We headed out to try to beat the raindrops. Our friend JJ gave us a ride home and as soon as we got in her car, it started pouring down rain. Eventually, the match was called final. And the match ended 2-1 to FC Cincinnati.

FC Cincinnati returns to Nippert Stadium next Saturday at 5pm to take on Toronto FC II.
We’ll see you there! 😀 ❤️ ⚽️

USOC17: FC Cincinnati versus AFC Cleveland.

Tonight, FC Cincinnati was playing host to the 2016 NPSL National Champions and neighbors to north, AFC Cleveland. Tonight’s match at Nippert Stadium was a second round match up in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup…

Here comes the march of the supporters groups into The Bailey…

Sprinkles was standing right next to us…

HERE WE GO!

FC Cincinnati had some good chances in the first half but at the half, it was still 0-0…

SPRINKLES!

Here we go. the second half is under way…

At the end of regulation, it was still 0-0…

And finally in the 115th minute, Djiby headed home to give FC|C a 1-0 lead…

After 120 minutes of regulation, there were two additional minutes to be added on…

And it was finally over! 1-0 to FC Cincinnati…

FC Cincinnati advances to the third round of the 2017 US Open Cup. FC|C will play Louisville City FC at Nippert Stadium, and… the winner of that third round match will host Columbus Crew of the MLS

FC Cincinnati’s next match at Nippert Stadium is on Saturday, May 20th at 7pm against Bethlehem Steel. See you there! ❤️ ⚽️ 😀

FC Cincinnati versus Orlando City B.

Within the area code of 513, May 13 is a day to celebrate all things Cincinnati. What better way to celebrate 513 Day than watching our beloved FC Cincinnati?!

BECAUSE IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCH DAY! FC|C was taking on Orlando City B

We rode our Metro 17 bus over to Clifton early so we could go to Mac’s Pizza Pub before the game to get a bite to eat…

Great stuff!

Apparently, we didn’t get over to Mac’s early enough. We were walking into Nippert just as the teams were making their way out onto the pitch…

HERE WE GO!

When FC Cincinnati received their first yellow card in the 15th minute, we knew it was going to be a long match…

At halftime the score was still all deadlocked at 0-0. The first half was one of the worst officiated halves of soccer I’ve ever seen in my life at any level…

And we’re back underway…

In the 74th minute, the referee awarded Orlando City B a really questionable penalty kick which they converted to make the score 1-0…

There were 5 additional minutes added to the end of this debacle…

OCB added a second goal in 90th+2 minute that looked pretty offside to me…

And FC Cincinnati ended up losing to OCB 2-0. Without a doubt in my mind, it was the worst officiated game ever. It was as if it was the referee’s first match or like he didn’t completely read all the rules, just skimmed them. It was beyond ridiculous.

Hopefully, FC|C will be able to bounce back this Wednesday when they welcome NPSL 2016 National Champion’s AFC Cleveland to Nippert Stadium for a second round match up in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. See you there! 🙂

FC Cincinnati versus Louisville City FC.

This evening we ventured over to Nippert Stadium to watch FC Cincinnati take on their closest geographical USL rival, Louisville City FC…

We sat in general admission for the very first time so we could all sit together. It’s not a bad view from over there…

 

The march of the supporters groups into The Bailey…

It was a pretty chilly evening. It wasn’t the coldest match we’ve ever been to but it was nowhere near the warmest either…

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SPOILER ALERT: Djiby would get sent off later in the match; a straight red…

HERE WE GO!

LCFC snatched the early lead…

And that’s the way the match would stay for the rest of the first half. Back and forth. Back and forth. But no more goals from either side… SPRINKLES!

I just don’t know what to say. There really aren’t words. I think I’m mostly just really disappointed because I almost wore the same exact thing but I didn’t think I’d be warm enough on such a chilly evening…

😐 🦄  Anyway, there was another good crowd packed into Nippert for tonight’s match…

 

And the second half is underway…

GOAL FC|C! 1-1!

And that’s the way the match would finish, 1-1. That’s better than a loss. The matches are always a bunch of fun to watch live. The atmosphere is always incredible. And it was a blast to get my parents out to their very first FC|C match. But Djiby got sent off so there’s that, which will be a fun plot twist for the team to try to deal with…

FC Cincinnati’s next home match isn’t until May 13th when they welcome Orlando City B to Nippert Stadium. We’ll see you there! 🙂

UPDATE: Apparently, Djiby bit or tried to bite someone during the match and has been suspended for an additional five matches.

From the USL:

FC Cincinnati’s Djiby Fall has received a six-game suspension and undisclosed fine. It consists of a one-game suspension and fine for the red card for serious foul play, and an additional five-game suspension and fine for major game misconduct during last week’s match against Louisville City FC. Fall’s suspension runs through June 3, pending any schedule changes.

[UPDATE] – The USL has provided further clarification to its disciplinary report for Week 5. Djiby Fall’s five-game suspension and undisclosed fine for Major Game Misconduct is for biting an opponent during the match on April 22, 2017.

FC Cincinnati versus Tampa Bay.

Tonight was FC Cincinnati’s second home match of the season. They were taking on the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Nippert Stadium…

The supporters groups started marching in to fill up The Bailey…

HERE WE GO…

Tampa Bay Rowdies scored first on this rocket from about thirty-five yards

FC|C answered back when Harrison Delbridge headed the ball in from a corner

Oh, and it was University of Cincinnati night at tonight’s match…

There were two minutes of time added on…

At the half, the match was all knotted at one…

There were some great banners in The Bailey tonight…

Two of my favorites were Fiona the baby hippo and the three-way right next to it…

SPRINKLES!

Both teams had some good chances but neither team could manage to find the back of the net in the second half. And the match of ended in a 1-1 draw.

I missed the snapping the photo but tonight’s match was played in front of a crowd of 15,227 – the 12th-largest crowd in FC Cincinnati history. On a Wednesday. And that’s still 3,000+ people more than Columbus Crew drew last weekend. On a Saturday.

FC Cincinnati’s next match is at home on Saturday, April 22nd against Louisville City FC. We’ll see you there! 🙂

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