FC Cincinnati: Meet the Team.

After work tonight, we went to a special FC Cincinnati Season Ticket holder Meet the Team event at Taft’s Brewpourium. And it was awesome. Doors opened at 5:00pm. I think we got to the Brewpourium at 5:02…

We got a selfie with FC|C President Jeff Berding…

There was some sharp looking merch…

New got new FC Cincinnati MLS scarves. But I didn’t think to take a photo of them. There were a bunch of different tables set-up for autographs…

And there was this impressive sculpture work-in-progress of the Cincinnati boxing legend, the Cincinnati Cobra Ezzard Charles, When it’s completed, this larger than life statue will live outside of FC Cincinnati’s new soccer-specific stadium in Cincinnati’s West End on the street named after the boxer…

 

I couldn’t help but notice there are a fair number of players from Michigan on FC|C’s MLS squad including Eric Alexander, who is from Portage right next to Kalamazoo…

And there are a bunch of new guys who are not from anywhere near Michigan…

We saw FC|C’s very first MLS designated player, Fanendo Adi…

There are a bunch of new faces to learn…

And there was one of my favorite FC|C players ex-Arsenal defender Justin Hoyte…

And contrary to #HoyteIsOpen from last season, he wasn’t open for very long tonight…

He was definitely one of the more popular players at this event.

And then it was about time for the main event…

After Jeff Berding’s opening comments, every player came up on stage to be introduced and say a few words to all of us fans. There were a lot of new faces to learn…

And Manu Ledesma…

And Polish goalkeeper Przemysław “Titi” Tytoń…

That’s Eric Alexander from Portage, Michigan. He went to Portage Central High School…

Emery Welshman was one of my favorite players from last season…

After this event was over, he got sent out on loan to Canadian Premier League side, Forge FC for the season. Also, there’s a Canadian Premier League? Asking for a friend. Next was one of our favorites, the aforementioned Fanendo Adi…

And Corben Bone who lives in Northside and who we met at Higher Gravity…

And Justin Hoyte, who was still not open despite his hashtag claiming otherwise…

After USMNT midfielder Kenny Saief who just joined FC|C in the last couple of days from Belgian giants Anderlecht…

And there was defender Forest Lasso…

And there were a bunch of other guys but the above photos were the best photos. A lot of them were kind of fuzzy or blurry. I probably should have used a camera other than my Samsung Galaxy Note9 with my Moment 60mm lens…

But oh well. Then the entire team came back up on stage for a group photo…

Can you hear me in the back?

It was a pretty neat event. It was much more intimate than I thought it was going to be…

And there was a roundtable discussion with Jeff Berding, Coach Koch and the guy in charge of international recruiting…

There were autograph sessions and then all the players got pizza slices…

It was a pretty awesome night with FC Cincinnati. Click to see all the photos I took at the FC Cincinnati Meet the Team season ticket holder event. 😀⚽️❤️

Ignite & Unite.

Our 2019 FC Cincinnati season tickets arrived in the mail today…

It’s pretty neat stuff. Really well done. I do miss getting the special season ticket holder commemorative scarf though. 😀📨⚽️🎟️❤️

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. 🤪⚽️❤️

We’re beyond excited about this…

It will be FC Cincinnati’s very first home game of the MLS era. It’s going to be another one of those, “I was there moments” in Cincinnati sports. We have our season tickets all renewed and we’re super excited. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati’s Inaugural MLS Schedule.

FC Cincinnati’s Inaugural MLS Home Schedule has been released…

Pretty exciting stuff. It’s going to be really cool to see some of the biggest names in MLS playing at Nippert Stadium in a few months. 😀⚽️🏆❤️

Seen and noted.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber was in town today for a whirlwind day tour of Cincinnati to see the city and learn more about the hype surrounding FC Cincinnati…

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The most noteworthy part of the whole visit was a town hall meeting held at OtR’s Woodward Theatre emceed by ESPN commentator and analyst Taylor Twellman. We watched the town hall meeting on FC Cincinnati’s YouTube channel. It seemed that MLS and Don Garber were definitely impressed and taking note of the movement that is happening in Cincinnati. And that Cincinnati is very much being short-listed and strongly considered for future MLS expansion. ORANGE AND BLUE PRESS had a great post with photos about Don Garber’s visit to Cincinnati

All I know is it was an incredible inaugural first season and we can’t wait to see what happens in 2017!

Taken with Instagram

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…

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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.