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. 😀🇺🇸⚽️🇻🇪❤️

FC Cincinnati’s friendly versus Dayton.

Tonight, FC Cincinnati’s reserve squad took on the University of Dayton men’s soccer team in a friendly match at Nippert Stadium. We were anxious to finally get a glimpse of what Nippert looked as a soccer venue, what the view of the pitch looked like from our season ticket seats and whatever else we could glean from this evening’s match…

Nippert looked very bit as beautiful as a soccer stadium as I imagined it to be…

This is view we’ll have of the pitch for the season from our season ticket seats…

Here come the FC|C guys…

And the man, the myth, the legend, FC|C head coach, John Harkes

We ducked into UC’s Catskeller for a quick beer before the match started. Glub, glub, glub… And then we were ready to go for kick-off…

We watched the first half from our season ticket seats…

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Genifer got some nachos and I got some Bosco Sticks from Catskeller. Cheese sticks covered in more cheese. Maybe it was just warm breadsticks on a cold evening, but man, those things were good!

At half, it was UD lead FC|C’s reserves 1-0…

At the start of the second half, we were looking for someplace to sit to get away from the wind because it was starting to get a bit nippy out there at Nippert…

We were kinda taken aback by just how few FC|C fans showed up to support their team tonight. To say Nippert was sparsely populated would be kind.

We watched the last ten minutes of the match standing behind The Bailey out of the wind which was getting colder and colder…

It’s kinda tough to see corners from over there…

FC|C had some really good chances especially in the final few minutes. But at full-time, the match ended 1-0 to Dayton. :/

After getting to move around Nippert a bit, and get to see the game from different vantage points, we’re very happy with the location of the seats we chose for our season tickets. All tonight’s match did was get us even more excited for the first official USL FC Cincinnati home game at Nippert Stadium this Saturday!

Apparently, FC|C has eclipsed the 5,000 season tickets sold threshold, and has sold over 10,000 tickets to this Satuday’s inaugural home game. It should be an amazing atmosphere for what should be a very memorable night! And we can’t wait! 😀

Click to see all the FC Cincinnati photos I’ve taken so far!

FC Cincinnati’s friendly versus Xavier.

Tonight, FC Cincinnati played a friendly match against Xavier Men’s Soccer Team at Xavier’s Corcoran Field. It was the latest step in FC|C’s continued preparations leading up to their inaugural season in the USL…

All the FC|C fans planned to meet at Listermann Brewing Company for a beer before the match and then walk down Dana Avenue to Xavier’s soccer complex together…

Kick-off!

The match ended 2-0 to FC Cincinnati over Xavier

It was pretty incredible to get finally get to watch FC Cincinnati live and in person. And there was a really nice supporter turn out with some great flags…

Here’s the FC|C recap of the friendly versus Xavier…

We can’t wait for the FC|C’s friendly versus Dayton’s Men’s Soccer Team on Tuesday, April 5th at Nippert Stadium, and of course, the USL home debut of FC Cincinnati on Saturday April 9th. 🙂

 

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