FC Cincinnati versus Toronto FC.

This evening our FC Cincinnati played host to Michael Bradley’s Toronto FC. But first, we stopped at Mac’s Pizza Pub for their special $5 matchday pizza…

And I wanted a grilled cheeses with some waffle fries…

And when we were done eating, we walked over to Nippert Stadium to watch our FC|C play those hosers from up north…

Jozy Altidore didn’t play in this match. I’m not even sure if he traveled with the team to Cincinnati. And that’s fine. I’ve always thought that he was really overrated. We saw him play against the Crew in Columbus. And he was just as underwhelming in person as he is with the national team.

But even terribly overrated players can scorch you when they’re left totally unmarked just outside of the 18. Like when FC|C was playing Toronto up in Canadia. 

Here we go…

There were fans at Nippert who booed every time Michael Bradley touched the ball. I found it to be incredibly disrespectful with all he’s done on the USMNT. I think he’s one of the better, more consistent players that our national team has had lately…

And FC Cincinnati lost 5-1. It’s just been painful.

We grabbed an Uber back to Northside Tavern for a drink…

And then we came home and walked the dogs…

It was a pretty fun evening if you take out the 5-1 loss. 😀🍕🥪⚽️🍺❤️

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. 😐⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus NYCFC.

Today, our FC Cincinnati played host to New York City Football Club. Before the match, we stopped at Mac’s Pizza Pub for pizza and boneless chicken wings…

And then we headed over to Nippert Stadium for the match…

Back in the day, they had some really big-name, international superstar players like David Villa and Andrea Pirlo and I suppose to a lesser degree, Frank Lampard…

But to be honest with you, I couldn’t name one player from this current NYCFC squad…

FC Cincinnati jumped out to a 1-0 lead…

It should have been a 2-0 lead, but FC Cincinnati had a penalty saved. And then NYCFC rattled off 4 unanswered goals…

And NYCFC would go on to defeat FC|C 4-1. 

Thankfully, there are just five more home games in this very long inaugural MLS season of FC Cincinnati soccer. 😀⚽️❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Vancouver Whitecaps.

Tonight, FC Cincinnati (last place in Eastern Conference) played host to Vancouver Whitecaps (second to last place in the Western Conference) at Nippert Stadium…

FC Cincinnati is getting pretty difficult to watch…

They are just really bad. And tonight, second to last place beat last place 2-1. 🙁⚽️❤️

Happy National Chili Dog Day!

After I was done volunteering at the Cincinnati Zoo, I walked about 1.2 miles from the zoo over to Skyline Chili in the Clifton Gaslight District for lunch. On my way, I walked by this great community garden…

And this City Barn…

And before I knew it, I was at Skyline in Clifton…

HAPPY NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY TO ME! Yep. It’s an actual thing

Skyline is delicious! After my lunch, I hopped on the Metro 17 bus and came home.
😀🧀🌭❤️

Grey Midwest Volunteer Day.

Today was Grey Midwest Volunteer Day. There were three different volunteer activities to choose from. I got to volunteer at the Cincinnati Zoo‘s Animal Enrichment Program in the Zoo’s P&G Discovery Forest…

Right up there on the little platform is an adorable sloth…

Today, we were building cubes for the animals to play with made out of old fire hose…

Ours was going to be the biggest cube intended for the elephants to play with. After a couple of hours, we had one layer down, five more to go…

But then we had to start over because we weren’t doing it right…

At least there were pop-ice…

Other people were building little cubes for the smaller animals…

Here’s a little bit bigger cube…

And even bigger still…

Our cube was supposed to be six hose weaved cube…

We got two layers done before it was time to go…

It was fun but it was a lot more work than I thought it would be. 😀🐘🔲❤️

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. 😀🇺🇸⚽️🇻🇪❤️