MLS is back!

While I’m working, I really like listening to sports on Pluto TV. I usually bounce back and forth between four main channels: Surf TV, Red Bull TV, Bein Sports Extra, and the MLS channel. This afternoon on the MLS channel, we stumbled across the selection show for the upcoming MLS IS BACK tournament which will be held in Orlando…

They drew the groups for the east first. FC Cincinnati drew Group E…

Hilariously, Columbus Crew drew Group E as well…

So there will be a matchup of the Hell is Real derby in Orlando…

In the west, my very favorite MLS club, Minnesota United drew Group D…

Also hilariously, Group F contains both teams from Los Angeles…

And the best part is all the matches will be televised…

The best summers are always the World Cup summers, followed closely by the Euro Championship summers. More than likely, this tournament won’t have the same talent level or probably the same drama as national team tournaments but it should still be a lot of fun to watch. Especially after four months without any sports at all.

And I can’t wait! Come on you Loons! 😀⚽️🏆❤️

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. 😐⚽️❤️

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! 😀❤️⚽️👊💯

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