USL rebrands and it’s wonderful.

We were watching our FC Cincinnati play away to Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The match ended in a very uneventful 0-0 draw. But at halftime, USL unveiled their new future rebranding, and it was pretty slick…

 

As a designer who loves soccer, this would have been a dream project to work on. And it’s really well done. It’s a very nice rebranding for USL Soccer. The entire effort, everything about it feels very Premier League to me. The animations, the graphics, the fonts, the whole thing is wonderful. Well done, USL! I love how they tiered their leagues. It makes me sad that Cincinnati isn’t going to be a part of it. Because I think it’s great. I think the USL has a lot more vision than MLS. MLS has always just seemed like a huge cash grab to me. Less about the soccer, certainly less about the fans, definitely about snatching every last dollar possible. Sorry, I’m just not a fan of MLS. At all.

Here are the “highlights” from a pretty boring 0-0 draw…

 

 

But with this draw, FC Cincinnati tied a USL record by extending their undefeated streak to 22 matches. They can break the record next weekend at Nashville in the game of the regular season. 😀⚽️🏆❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCH DAY FIFTEEN! Our first place FC Cincinnati was taking on third place Pittsburgh Riverhounds. We stopped at Mac’s Pizza Pub before the match. We always do. They have a gameday special with a small two-topping pizza for just $5. And their pizza is delicious…

And then it’s onto Nippert Stadium…

I took most of these photos with my new Samsung Galaxy Note9. The others I took with my Polaroid CUBE+. I’ve been pretty impressed with the Note9 as a phone and the phone’s camera overall is pretty outstanding. But it definitely doesn’t zoom capabilities of my old Samsung Galaxy S camera. It has the best zoom I’ve ever seen. When you zoom with the Note9, the photos start to get a little fuzzy…

Oh well. HERE WE GO…

At the half, the match was still knotted at 0-0. That meant it was time for… SPRINKLES!!!

And we’re back underway…

Pittsburgh jumped out to 1-0 lead…

GOAL! FC CINCINNATIFC Cincinnati leveled the match at 1-1Manu found Dekel Keinan’s head off a free kick to tie the game…

And then FC Cincinnati’s first MLS designated player signing, Fanendo Adi gave FC|C a 2-1 lead with his first goal for the club. And after scoring he ran straight to FC Cincy head coach, Alan Koch to pick him up with a huge bear hug…

Adi scoring his first goal and running to hug Coach Koch will definitely be one of the most memorable moments of this season for me. I keep missing the match attendance but I saw afterward that there were 25,735 at tonight’s match

The match ended 2-1 with FC|C extending their undefeated streak to 16 games

With the win, FC Cincinnati clinched a spot in the USL Playoffs…

FC|C is the first team this season to clinch a spot in the postseason. After the match, we grabbed at Uber to Higher Gravity to celebrate the win with a beer and a slice of pizza and some No-no BBQ Wings from Northside’s Chameleon Pizza…

You can’t beat that for a Saturday evening, an FC|C comeback win, clinching a spot in the playoffs and two different types of pizza. It was a good day. 😀🍕⚽️🍕❤️

At some point, I’d like to go watch a Pittsburgh Riverhounds home match. Their stadium seems really unique. It’s right on the river and in between the stadium and their river are train tracks. We’ve watched FC|C play away to Riverhounds and you’ll be watching the match and then a train will come speeding by seemingly out of nowhere. I’m also hoping that they have a hot dog called the Riverdog. Because if they don’t it’s really a missed opportunity. maybe next summer, we’ll be able to take a road trip to Pittsburgh.

 

FC Cincinnati versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCH DAY TWO! FC|C was hosting Pittsburgh Riverhounds…

The match ended in a 2-2 draw in front of a crowd of 24,505. It was a good game. Back and forth with FC|C coming back to tie the match twice. I took a bunch more photos at tonight’s match. Click to see all the photos I took at FC Cincinnati versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

IT’S FC CINCINNATI MATCHDAY 15! There was an odd 4 o’clock kickoff for today’s FC Cincinnati match as they were playing host to Pittsburgh Riverhounds…

And it was kind of a chilly, rainy afternoon…

But none of that mattered because we got new FC|C tall boy coozies…

We waited for the match to start and the drizzle to end under an overhang at the east end of Nippert Stadium by The Bailey…

O say can you see…

Here we go…

Pittsburgh scored in just the second minute…

I got up to go to the restroom and wouldn’t you know it… FC Cincinnati pulled level

And that’s the way it would stay at halftime

And the second half was about to get underway…

Djiby made an appearance…

Despite the rain and the odd start time, there was another great crowd…

And the match would end 1-1

After the match, we took an Uber back to Northside and stopped into Higher Gravity for a little taster flight before header home…

FC Cincinnati’s final home match of the regular season will take place on September 16th against New York Red Bulls 2. And we’ll see you there! 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Tonight, we went up to Nippert Stadium with Cleve & Alyssa to take in FC Cincinnati’s fourth home match of the season. FC Cincinnati was playing host to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, and they were having on Orange Out for tonight’s unveiling of FC|C’s new predominantly orange alternate third kit…

FC Cincinnati named some of the Bengal’s star players honorary captains for the match to further the Cincinnati-Pittsburgh sport rivalry…

This is one of my favorite parts of every match, where the teams come out of the tunnel and onto the pitch…

The Bailey unveiled their tifo for today’s match…

Elvis. “You ain’t nothing but a river dog.” Quality stuff.

Kickoff! Here we go…

The Bailey sat for the 16th minute in honor of the 16 Real Madrid fans who were murdered in Iraq by ISIS this week. The 16th minute of today’s match was also a moment of silence throughout the entire stadium…

 

Goosebumps.

GOOOOOOAL! CINCINNATI!

That Sprinkle donut was back again at halftime…

And the moment everyone was waiting for, tonight’s match attendance. It was announced before the match that over 20,000 tickets had been sold

For the second time, FC Cincinnati set a new USL single game attendance record!

And at full-time, Cincinnati 1 Pittsburgh 0!

 

Another great match in a truly amazing atmosphere! FC Cincinnati broke their own USL attendance record. They had more people at their match than all but one MLS match including the Columbus Crew, who they outdrew by over 7000 supporters. FC|C is averaging 17,462 in attendance through 4 games, and the Crew is averaging 16,383 through 4 games. And on top of all that, FC|C moved into a tie for second place in the USL’s Eastern Conference! There’s something pretty incredible happening right now in Cincinnati! And we’re thrilled to be right in the middle of it! 🙂 #23375

FC Cincinnati’s next home match is on Wednesday, May 18th versus Indy Eleven of NPSL in the US Open Cup. Kickoff is at 7pm. See you there!

FC Cincinnati Orange Out!

FC Cincinnati is having an Orange Out for this Saturday’s match at Nippert Stadium against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Two proud sports cities will begin a brand new chapter in the long and storied Cincinnati-Pittsburgh sports rivalry…

FC|C’s really pushing hard for a crowd of over 25,000 for Saturday’s match! Get your tickets now! They’re going fast! 

Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, and FC|C will be able shatter the USL attendance record they’ve already set! Kickoff is at 4pm! See you at Nippert on Saturday! 🙂

Oh. And here’s a letter from the FC Cincinnati’s owner Carl Lindner III…