It’s just embarrassing.

We went to Second Place to watch the USMNT take on Trinidad & Tobago in the final qualifying match for next summer’s World Cup in Russia…

Our USMNT needed a win against a Trinidad & Tobago squad that had only won one match in qualifying. They had one win, eight losses, and no draws. Handing T&T one more loss would guarantee the USA a spot in Russia but a tie would more than likely put them into the World Cup finals as well. And the USMNT played really well against in their 4-0 rout of Panama on Friday

And the USMNT lost 2-1. They finished fifth behind Mexico and Costa Rica and Panama and Honduras. Fifth out six teams in the hexagonal table. Next summer’s World Cup finals will be the first without American involvement since 1986. Disappointing doesn’t really cover it. It’s just really dang embarrassing. But I haven’t been this disappointed and embarrassed in the United States since Trump was put in the White House.

But hey, at least it was a pretty evening before the match…

What the heck is happening to our once-great country? 😀🇺🇸⚽️😬😥🚫🏆😭

Northside Saturday.

We went back to Taft’s Brewporium for lunch today…

I really like their New Haven-style “apizza…”

We watched some of the baseball and then we watched Michigan lose to Sparty.

It was a really fun day up until the losing part. 😀🍺🍕〽️🏈😕❤️

One step closer.

This evening we just stayed in and watched the USMNT take another huge step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 4-0 rout over Panama

If the USMNT can beat Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, they’ll be packing their bags for Russia next summer! 😀⚽️🇺🇸❤️

NYPD x Monday Night Football.

Genifer’s Cowboys were playing on Monday Night Football against the Arizona Cardinals tonight. Before the game started, we ordered some delicious NYPD Pizza

The pizza was great and the Cowboys beat the Cardinals 28-17! 😀🍕🏈❤️

Reds baseball game #7.

Where has the summer gone? As the baseball starts to wind down and thoughts begin to turn to the postseason almost mercifully, today was the final home game of the Reds baseball season. It would be our seventh Reds game of this baseball season, and the Reds were ending with a homestand against my favorite  American League team, Boston Red Sox…

These Ballpark Express self-serve, automated pick-up stations are the first of their kind at any major league stadium. They are supposed to allow fans to skip all the really long concession lines to be able to spend more time enjoying the game by ordering and paying for food and beverages using the official MLB.com Ballpark app…

I don’t know… Pretty really weird, right? BARGE!

We got to see Xander Bogaerts…

And Dustin Pedoria…

And Madeira Ohio native, Andrew Benintendi…

And Mookie Betts…

According to my Swarm, I’ve been to 257 Reds games…

Billy Hamilton had the play of the game, hands down. Billy got caught leaning the wrong way off of first and turned a bad throw during the ensuing rundown into a run for the Reds as he raced all the way home from first. It left the Red Sox scratching their collective heads as to what just happened…

The Reds lead most of the game but ended up losing to the Sox 5-4, and getting swept in the weekend series. The last time the Reds won was at the game we were at last Sunday against the Pirates

It was another great season of Reds baseball. 😀⚾️❤️

USWNT versus New Zealand.

IT’S INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCHDAY! The United States Women’s National Team was playing their first match in Cincinnati since 2008 as they hosted New Zealand at Nippert Stadium. It also marks the first time the University of Cincinnati has ever hosted a national team match…

It seems like we’ve had our tickets for this match for months…

And the big day was finally here…

Here comes New Zealand…

And here comes the USWNT…

There’s Megan Rapinoe…

Tobin Heath…

And Cincinnati’s own Rose Lavelle…

They got the crowd going before the match with a chant of, “USA! USA! USA!”

The New Zealand National Anthem…

O say can you see…

Whoever made the tifo for the match deserves a high five, a handshake and pat on the back because it was pretty awesome…

Here we go…

GOAL USA! After relentless pressure right from the start of the match, the USWNT finally found the back of the net. New Zealand was doing a pretty good job of trying to weather the storm. But you had the feeling it was only a matter of time until the US finally opened the scoring…

And Mallory Pugh made it 2-0 before the half. But the highlight was the perfectly
weighted through ball. You can’t defend against that sort of precision…

At halftime, it was still 2-0 USWNT…

Rose Lavelle was subbed off near the end of the first half…

There was a cool FC Cincinnati promo during halftime…

GOAL USWNT! Alex Morgan came in at the half and was quickly on the scoresheet

At this point, it was becoming kind of ridiculous as the USWNT netted their fourth

We missed the goal but the USWNT added a fifth to make it 5-0. And it was an absolute stunner! Alex Morgan’s second goal of the night put the exclamation mark on an unforgettable evening!

The average attendance at a USWNT match is around 18,700…

With 30,596, tonight marked the 7th highest attendance for a standalone USWNT friendly. Cincinnati certainly shows out for its soccer…

Didn’t have a ticket? Didn’t matter. People still turned out to watch the match…

Mercifully, the full-time whistle was blown. 5-0 to the USWNT!

Not surprisingly, Alex Morgan was named Player of the Match after her brace tonight…

I wonder if Alex Morgan has a lot of fans?

What a night!

After the match, it sounded like the USWNT was definitely impressed with the atmosphere and support at Nippert Stadium

It was such incredible night. Terrific atmosphere. We wouldn’t have missed seeing our Women’s National Team play right in our backyard for anything in the world. What an amazing way to cap another incredible summer of soccer at Nippert Stadium! It was pretty unbelievable! 😀🇺🇸⚽️🇳🇿❤️

Reds baseball game #6.

By our standards, it’s been forever since we’ve been to a Reds game. Our last Reds game was all the way back at the beginning of July. This summer it seemed like FC|C and the Reds were always on the same schedule all season. They would both be in town for the same weekend and then they’d both leave for road trips. On the same weekend. It was very rare to find a weekend when FC|C was playing away with the Reds at home.

Earlier in the week, it suddenly dawned on us that the baseball season was winding down. So this morning, we made ourselves get up and get down to the ballpark for a little Sunday baseball church…

We got a Michael Lorenzen Fathead…

It’s good to be back. We missed you old friend…

The Reds were playing the Pirates this afternoon. And our favorite Pirate was playing John Jaso. Or as we like to call him Jason Jaso…

I wonder how many pizzas LaRosa’s has given away this season…

We had seats up in the Fioptics District…

And we had the place pretty much to ourselves…

Redzilla?! Some sort of new motorized promotional item Gatling gun…

The Reds were really racking up the Ks today…

BARGE!

The live Sunday Mascot Race…

Mr. Red jumped the gun a little early…

And all the other mascot just went down the stairs into the Reds dugout…

BARGE!!

The game was deadlocked at zero until the sixth inning. Eugenio Suarez blasted a two-run shot to left

And then Scotter Gennett went yard with another two-run blast

The Reds hung 5 on the Pirates in the inning afterTucker Barnhart’s RBI triple…

We were one strikeout away from free pizza…

AND THIS ONE BELONGS TO THE REDS! They won 5-2

The Reds ended the game with 10 strikeouts, just one away from free pizza.

It was great to be back at the ballpark. We still have tickets for one more Reds game. Our seventh game of this season will be watching our Reds taking on my favorite American League team, the Boston Red Sox in the final home game of this 2017 Reds baseball season. Talk about a good to finish off the season…

😀🌭⚾️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus NY Red Bulls II.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCHDAY 16! And it’s the final home match of the regular season. Nippert Stadium played host to 22 FC Cincinnati matches total between the USL regular season, US Open Cup and the international friendly against Valencia CF. And we were there for every single one of them…

Djiby was starting again after seemingly falling out of favor for a while…

O say can you see…

Here we go…

GOAL FC CINCINNATI! Austin Berry scores the goal for FCC in the 5′!

Red Bulls pulled one back to tie the match at one all…

GOAL FC CINCINNATI!! Corben Bone became a dad earlier in the week and now he bags a goal on his birthday…

At halftime, it was still 2-1 FC Cincinnati…

And then they announced tonight’s attendance…

Tonight’s crowd of 30,417 set new USL attendance record for a regular season or playoff match. The old record attendance of 30,187 was set by FC Cincinnati last season during the playoff loss to Charleston on October 2nd. FC|C ends the season averaging just over 21,000 per game at home this season. The rest of the USL averaged just 4,300.  It still boggles my mind how many people show up for soccer in Cincinnati. And it doesn’t look like the crowds will be letting up anytime soon.

And then FC Cincinnati added a third! GOAL FC CINCINNATI!!! Harrison Delbridge scored what has to be a contender for goal of the season… A 25-yard rocket to the far post, upper 90. WOW! JUST WOW!

Red Bulls pulled another goal back. But FC|C added a fourth! GOAL FC CINCINNATI!!!! Kenney Walker with the free kick mastery! 

And that’s the way the match would end, 4-2 to FC Cincinnati

What a great win to close out the FC|C regular season at home…

FC Cincinnati still has four away games remaining on the schedule as they make their push toward the USL playoffs. Keep an eye out for watch parties around Cincinnati

Thank you for another wonderful season of FC Cincinnati soccer. Thank you for all the great memories from this season. We can’t wait to see you next season. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCHDAY 15! There was an odd 4 o’clock kickoff for today’s FC Cincinnati match as they were playing host to Pittsburgh Riverhounds…

And it was kind of a chilly, rainy afternoon…

But none of that mattered because we got new FC|C tall boy coozies…

We waited for the match to start and the drizzle to end under an overhang at the east end of Nippert Stadium by The Bailey…

O say can you see…

Here we go…

Pittsburgh scored in just the second minute…

I got up to go to the restroom and wouldn’t you know it… FC Cincinnati pulled level

And that’s the way it would stay at halftime

And the second half was about to get underway…

Djiby made an appearance…

Despite the rain and the odd start time, there was another great crowd…

And the match would end 1-1

After the match, we took an Uber back to Northside and stopped into Higher Gravity for a little taster flight before header home…

FC Cincinnati’s final home match of the regular season will take place on September 16th against New York Red Bulls 2. And we’ll see you there! 😀⚽️❤️

USMNT x NYPD.

This evening we ordered some delicious NYPD pizza and then watched the USMNT lose 2-0 to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying…

The match was very disappointing. But the pizza was really, really good. 😐⚽️🍕❤️

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