FC Cincinnati versus Columbus Crew.

So here we are. The inaugural MLS Hell is Real derby between our FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew. The two teams first met back in 2017 during FC|C’s magical US Open Cup run when Djiby headed Cincy to a 1-0 victory. The teams met for the first time in MLS play two weeks ago and played to a 2-2 draw. Fast forward to today and it’s the first MLS edition of the Hell is Real derby match at Nippert Stadium…

And here we go…

And FC Cincinnati was down 3-0 after just fifteen minutes…

Someone must have tried really hard to get drunk on some free samples of warm, non-alcoholic Heineken 0.0, or they just really liked the taste…

The final score was 3-1 to the Crew. Apparently, Ohio is black and gold. 😐⚽️❤️

Seen and noted.

Our FC Cincinnati was playing in a four-team preseason tournament in Charleston. All the matches were available to stream through the Charleston Battery’s website, which was less than ideal. This afternoon FC|C played its final match of the Carolina Challenge Cup against Columbus Crew. And someone could have used a hand in their spelling of Clombus Columbus…

No matter how you spell it, Crew thumped Cincinnati 3-0. 🤪⚽️❤️

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…





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


And the second half is underway…


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…



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! 😀❤️⚽️👊💯

Columbus Crew versus New York City FC.

Today, we went up to Columbus to watch the Crew SC take New York City Football Club. We got these tickets back in April with the hope of getting to see NYCFC’s big trio of international superstars… David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard. We made our way up to the Comfort Suites which is just a short walk away from the Crew’s MAPFRE Stadium. We waited for a break in the rain and made our way over to the Stadium. As soon as we got to MAPFRE, the match was delayed due to severe weather. But after about a forty-five minute delay, the match was about to kick-off…


Our seats for the match were great. It was a pretty incredible match that ended in a 3-3 draw. David Villa, Pirlo and Lampard all started and played the whole match! Lampard had NYCFC’s first goal, and David Villa netted a brace including a penalty in the 90+2′. And then Crew’s Ethan Finlay netted his second goal, an equalizer in the 90+5′! There were four goals scored in the final 10 minutes plus stoppage time! Like I said, it was a pretty incredible match. And we managed to get some pretty decent photos of the match including some great close-ups of some a lot of the players including NYCFC’s big three. After the match we got Pepperoni Rolls from The Pizza Joint. Those things alone are worth the drive to Columbus. YUM! And then Sunday morning we drove in the rain all the way back to Cincinnati. 🙂

Click to see all the photos we took at Crew SC versus New York City Football Club.

Let’s go Crew!

The Columbus Crew play the Portland Timbers today at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus for the MLS Cup! Remember when we went to a Crew game back at the end of July?

And Kei Karama scored right in front of us…

Go Crew! For Columbus! Be Massive! Bring home the Cup! 🙂

ps. The MLS Cup finals are at 4pm on ESPN.


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