FC Cincinnati versus Wayne Rooney.

This evening FC Cincinnati played host to Wayne Rooney and DC United. It was the other match that we were kinda excited about this season because of who was going to be on the pitch tonight at Nippert Stadium. They were handing out terrific
little FC Cincinnati away jersey rally towels before today’s match…

And that’s pretty cool because I really have a thing for rally towels. I love them…

The match was being televised on ESPN as the Match of the Week or something and that meant there were cameras everywhere…

It was a white-out at Nippert Stadium for today’s match…

All of a sudden it made sense why they were giving out white away jersey rally towels. And there he is…

The man. The Myth. The Legend…

Wayne Rooney…

I was also rather surprised at how many people brought their Wayne Rooney jerseys to the match in hopes that Wayne would sign them…

He didn’t sign one of them. In fact, he didn’t even look it their direction…

 

At halftime, FC|C honored Cincinnati native and World Cup champion, Rose Lavelle

So that was pretty neat to see Rose Lavelle…

And that was that. DC United won 4-1 and Wayne Rooney one-upped Zlatan and scored at Nippert Stadium. After the match was mercifully over, we stopped at Penn Station for sammiches while we waited for the Uber prices to stop surging…

Unlike FC|C, Penn Station is sooo good. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Houston Dynamo.

FC Cincinnati played host to Houston Dynamo tonight at Nippert Stadium…

And by some soccer miracle, FC Cincinnati actually won 3-2. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus the Zlatan.

This evening FC Cincinnati played host to Zlatan Ibrahimovich and LA Galaxy. It was one of the few matches we were really excited about this season because of who was going to be on the pitch tonight at Nippert Stadium…

They were giving away free samples of Heineken 0.0 beer…

It might have been pretty good if it wasn’t warm.

And there he is, Zlatan Ibrahimovich…

Zlatan has is a prolific goalscorer who is best known for his technique, his creativity, strength, ability in the air, and his powerful and accurate striking ability. His career reads like a who’s who of the European giants. He played Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris St. Germain and Manchester United all before moving to MLS to join LA Galaxy.

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones there to see Zlatan…

Galaxy beat FC|C 2-0. But Zlatan didn’t score any goals. 😀⚽️❤️

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 versus Red Bulls.

The last time we saw the MLS version of Red Bulls, they were abruptly ending the magical US Open Cup run of our FC|C in the semi-finals back in 2017. We were hoping that the new look, big-time MLS version of FC Cincinnati could exact a little revenge in their very first MLS league encounter at Nippert Stadium with the team from Harrison, New Jersey. FC|C played away to Red Bulls back in at the end of April and lost 1-0. And with the way this season of Cincinnati soccer is shaping up, we really weren’t holding our breath…

And at the half, it was still 0-0…

It was a really beautiful night for a soccer match…

And Red Bulls ended up pulling off a 2-0 win with goals in the 78th and 90th+1 minutes. 😀❤️⚽️

FC Cincinnati versus Real Salt Lake.

Tonight, our FC Cincinnati was playing host to Real Salt Lake…

It was another cold and rainy evening for FC Cincinnati soccer this time the match was on a Friday night. At least, it wasn’t another Sunday game.

We saw FC|C’s mascot, Gary…

And we headed around to the other side of Nippert Stadium to find our friend, Kathy…

Turns out Kathy had some pretty amazing seats…

There’s Kathy…

The match ended 3-0 to Real Salt Lake. I still don’t understand why almost everyone in Cincinnati was so hyped about joining MLS. I loved the USL version of FC Cincinnati so much. The MLS FC|C has now been outscored 8-1 in their four matches. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Sporting Kansas City.

FC Cincinnati was playing host to Sporting Kansas City on yet another cold and rainy Sunday. Remember when soccer used to be played on Saturdays?

And the match would end in a 1-1 draw

After the match, we hopped in an Uber to get back to Northside to get a slice of pizza at Chameleon and then we walked home…

And the slices were pretty much the best part of the evening. Standing around on another cold and rainy Sunday watching a lackluster performance. I’m getting pretty tired of these Sunday matches. If I wanted to watch mediocre football on Sunday afternoons, I’d go to Bengals game.😀⚽️❤️

The monsoon match.

Tonight, FC Cincinnati played host to Philadelphia Union in what will forever be known in my mind and always referred to as the FC|C Monsoon Match…

We headed down to where we normally stand only to find a lot of people had pretty much the same exact idea…

I think I spent as much time watching the rain fall as I spent watching the soccer…

We decided to break camp just before half time and watch the second half from the comfort of St. Clair. Any place inside of Nippert Stadium with an overhang was jam-packed full of people…

When FC Cincinnati went down 2-0, we decided to pack it in completely, get an Uber and head for home…

FC Cincinnati ended up losing the monsoon match 2-0. 😀⚽️🌧️☔️❤️

FC Cincinnati’s first MLS home match.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Today was another holiday in Cincinnati. It was our beloved FC Cincinnati’s very first MLS match at home in the friendly confines of historic Nippert Stadium. And they were playing host to MLS powerhouse, Portland Timbers…

Before the match, we stopped at Mac’s Pizza Pub for a green St. Patty’s Day beer…

And then it was finally time to head over to Nippert…

They were giving away FC Cincinnati inaugural MLS season jersey rally towels…

We got to see Tim, our very favorite beer vendor again…

I was testing out my 60mm Moment lens to take photos at the match…

It worked pretty well!

GOAL! FC CINCINNATI!

At halftime, it was 1-0 FC Cincinnati!

FC|C scored two goals in 2 minutes to make the score 3-0!

And the match would end 3-0 to FC Cincinnati! What an incredible home debut in front of 32,250 at a sold-out Nippert Stadium!

This match is going to go down in Cincinnati sports history as one of those “I was there” moments. And thankfully, we were there! 😀⚽️❤️

USL Cup 2018: FC Cincinnati versus NY Red Bulls II.

USL EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS! Our number one seeded FC Cincinnati was playing host to the fifth seed baby Bulls of New York…

HERE WE GO!

At halftime, it was 1-0 New York Red Bulls II…

And after a very frustrating second half with very few chances created, the match would end 1-0 to NY Red Bulls…

With today’s loss, FC Cincinnati saw its 2018 season come to an end. It was a great season for FC Cincinnati. They went on an unbelievable undefeated run that spanned FC|C’s last 23 games of the regular season, and last 25-games overall. The undefeated streak began all the way back on June 2 and also included draws in the club’s US Open Cup fourth-round match against MLS’ Minnesota United (0-0, 4-1 loss in PKs) and last week’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinal against Nashville SC (0-0, 6-5 win in PKs). FC Cincy posted a regular-season record of 23-3-8 with 77 points. They set USL records for regular-season wins, longest undefeated streak and most points. And they were crowned USL regular season champions. It was a pretty amazing season.

But all good things have to come to an end. I would much rather have them get knocked out in the conference semi-finals by Red Bulls than rival Louisville City in the conference finals. Or for them to make it to the USL Cup final only to lose that match. Hopefully, they’ll keep getting better and better players and will be competitive next season in MLS. We’ll just have to wait and see. 😀⚽️🏆❤️