Four years ago OR Why I’m over FC|C.

Four years ago, our first FC Cincinnati booklet of season tickets arrived in the mail…

We reserved our season tickets on forty-five minutes after it was announced that USL soccer was coming to Cincinnati.

To me, these were the FC|C glory days, back when they were in USL. They were just this little upstart second division club from Cincinnati that drew 25,000+ fans to their home games. They were competitive on the pitch. They had friendlies with major European squads like Crystal Palace, Valencia, and Espanyol. It was all so exciting and soooo much fun. During the 2016 and 2017 seasons, we didn’t miss one home match. Every friendly, every scrimmage, every single match, we were there. The 2018 season we missed three matches because of my hip surgeries and one match because of a family vacation. The 2019 MLS season started off well but by the end we skipped some of the  matches during the week because the team was so bad.

And before each season started, we would go out and each buy the new FC|C home jersey for the season and sweatshirts so we had new gear for each new season.

We were all in on FC Cincinnati. Until now.

Here comes the diatribe…

Fast forward four years, FC Cincinnati is the worst club in MLS. I mean, it’s not even close. in 2019, they earned just 24 points from 34 matches, and finished with a goal difference of -44. NEGATIVE FORTY-FOUR. They currently find themselves without a head coach. Again. Before the start of this season, they eliminated general admission tickets. And that drove the ticket prices up. Again. Every year it keeps getting more and more expensive just to watch a team that’s terrible. We decided at the end of last season that we were not going to be renewing our season tickets.

And we have YouTubeTV. On YouTubeTV, you can’t stream any of the FC|C matches…

We also subscribe to ESPN+. MLS enforces strict black-outs of even the on-demand replays of ALL FC Cincy matches…

The only way for us to watch any of the FC Cincinnati matches, home or away, is by using an over-air antenna.

And to top it off, I think their 2020 home kit is an absolute mess. But to be fair, their away kit is pretty sweet. Over the last four years, FC Cincinnati’s home kit has gone from horizontal blocks to hoops to stripes to halves. It’s ridiculous. I’ve watched a lot of soccer throughout the years and I can’t recall another side that has varied the overall design for their kit so dramatically. Usually just little details change.

With the rising ticket prices and the TV black-outs, what FC|C and MLS are telling me is this… we don’t care if you watch Cincinnati soccer matches. And I’m fine with that. I’ll wear the gear I have. But I’m not dropping another dime on this team.

I’ve really fallen in love with Minnesota United in MLS. They are a competitive side. I like their coach. Love their logo and kit. And I can watch all their matches on ESPN+. I’ve also begun really supporting Louisville City in USL. I can also watch all of their matches through ESPN+. As soon as the COVID-19 crisis is behind us, we’re planning weekend trips to both Minneapolis and Louisville to see their stadiums and watch matches. And to me, that seems like a much better use of my money.

I’m not saying I’m done with FC Cincinnati for ever. But I’m definitely over them for right now and into the foreseeable future. #AllForCincy 😐⚽️❤️

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. 😀📨⚽️🎟️❤️

Three years ago.

We’ve loved every minute of it. And we’re still going strong! Bring on MLS! 😀🦕⚽️❤️

Join the March.

Our 2018 FC Cincinnati season ticket booklet showed up in the mail today…

All the tickets have different players on them like Kenney Walker…

Jimmy McLaughlin…

And ex-Arsenal man, Justin Hoyte…

Along with our tickets were two of these terrific 2018 season ticket member flags…

FC Cincinnati’s 2018 campaign is off to a very good start with two 1-0 away wins at both Charleston Battery and Indy Eleven. FC|C’s first home match is Saturday, April 7th at 7pm against rival Louisville City FC. We’re really excited for another season of FC Cincinnati soccer. #JoinTheMarch 😀⚽️🎟️❤️

We have our tickets!

We’ve already received our tickets in the mail for a couple of upcoming FC Cincinnati matches are going to be huge. HUGE! First up is the massive Fith Round US Open Cup match at Nippert Stadium against the Chicago Fire of MLS…

And we’ve also received our tickets for this season’s incredible international friendly when FC Cincinnati welcomes Valencia CF of Spain’s La Liga to Nippert Stadium…

And here are our tickets in all their spectacular soccer glory…

To say that we are just a little bit excited for these matches might be the biggest understatement of the season. 😀❤️⚽️

Look what arrived in the mail today!

Our FC Cincinnati 2017 season tickets arrived in the mail today!

And they showed up with a new 2017 FC|C scarf! We’re so excited and can’t wait for the first home game on April 15th at Nippert Stadium! 🙂

Look what arrived in the mail today!

Heck yes! The first official home match is Saturday, April 9th. And we can’t wait!
Taken with Instagram. 🙂

IT’S OFFICIAL!

WE ARE OFFICIALLY FC CINCINNATI SEASON TICKET HOLDERS!

We had our scheduled call this morning to purchase our season tickets for the inaugural season of FC Cincinnati soccer at Nippert Stadium. And we couldn’t be more excited! 😀

#10kStrong #ManTheWall #PlayOn

FC Cincinnati Open House.

This afternoon we went up to the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium, future home of FC Cincinnati for an open house to get some information on season tickets and do a stadium walkthrough to try to get an idea of where we’d like to sit for the inaugural season of FC Cincinnati soccer…

We reserved our spot in line for season tickets the day it was announced that Cincinnati was getting a USL soccer team

FC Cincinnati’s Jeff Smith was on hand to answer any questions about the season ticket program…

The view from the club level…

We were told that midfield would be around the 40-45 yard line. And that we learned that come soccer season in March/April, all the football lines will be gone, and the field will only be lined for soccer; a true soccer field. All very exciting news. But anyway, we’re thinking about getting seats right around here…

We really can’t wait for the start of the inaugural season of FC Cincinnati soccer! 🙂

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