A look at MLS’ new team – FC Cincinnati

Another season and yet another team has been added to Major League Soccer (MLS) – FC Cincinnati.

With the introduction of the Ohio based team it brings the number of clubs competing in America’s top division to 24.

 

So who are they?

Well, the club was founded in August 2015 and competed in the United Soccer League (USL) Eastern Conference from 2016 – 2018.

Their highest finish in a regular season was 1st in 2018.

When it comes to the play-offs, the club have made the quarter-finals twice and the semi-finals once.

Their best US Open Cup performance was in 2017, when they reached the semi-finals.

On top of this the club broke the USL’s attendance record last year, with 25,717 fans.

What are the club’s colours?

The club have traditionally wore a blue and orange home kit and a predominantly white away kit.

This season is no different, with the Orange and Blues’ sporting a lovely blue with orange detail Adidas home kit and a all white away kit.

What is the club’s nickname?

The club are nicknamed the Orange and Blue, nothing fancy and straight to the point.

Where do the club play their home games?

Cincinnati currently play their home games at the Nippert Stadium at the University of Ohio. Its capacity is 33,800.

However in March 2021 the club will open a brand new soccer-specific stadium, the West End Stadium. It is expected to hold around 26,000 fans and will cost £200m to build.

Who owns the club?

Carl Lindner III is the majority owner of the club. Lindner is an American businessman and co-chief executive of American Financial Group.

Cincinnati also have a general manager and president – Jeff Berding. The 52-year-old has been in this role since the club were founded.

Who are the club’s rivals?

Fellow Ohio soccer team, Columbus Crew are the Orange and Blue’s nearest rivals.

The clubs met in the fourth round of the US Open Cup in 2017, where Cincinnati came away with a 1-0 win.

Who is the club’s manager/head coach?

Alan Koch has been the club’s Manager since February 2017. The 43-year-old is a former South Africa U-23s international.

Notable players?

Cincinnati have several noticeably players in their ranks, from centre-back Kendall Waston – who spent four seasons at Vancouver Whitecaps, to.ex-FC Dallas player Victor Ulloa – who joined the Orange and Blue after seven seasons with the Texan club, to even former Arsenal, Middlesbrough and Millwall right-back Justin Hoyte.

They have a nice balance of experienced MLS players, experienced European players and players who have continued with them from the USL team.

It’s an exciting time for the state of Ohio and the club. How they will fare in their inaugural MLS season we’ll have to wait and see.