The club started on the road due to Nippert renovations, but the boys are finally returning for the home opener and have a busy schedule featuring three matches in one week.
Say what you will about the season so far, and critique the play all you wish, but there's no denying that road trip to Pittsburgh (and win) was awesome. Rhinehaus has been a wonderful host of many great watch parties, and we've still got mugs for sale there that help support a local soccer charity. For now though, it's time to focus on some home matches and if you're like us, you're pretty excited for this coming week of events.
So here's what's going on:
April 15: Home Opener Against St. Louis
It's time to kick this season off properly and we're going to start early on Saturday, April 15th. We'll be in the beautiful biergarten of Mecklenburg Gardens starting at noon. Come drink several liters before our traditional march through uptown to the stadium.
St. Louis is coming to town on the heels of their MLS bid getting some bad news from the local voters, but on the pitch they look solid. As of this writing, they've drawn against Loisville while having secured wins over NY2 and Ottawa. Back in the USL's Eastern Conference this season, this is FCC's first of three meetings against STL.
April 19: Tampa Bay Rowdies
Don't be fooled by Tampa Bay's silly sock mascot (yes, it's a sock), the Rowdies are possibly the hottest team in the USL right now. Defectors of the NASL, Tampa Bay is new to our league this season and has started things off with three straight wins and a squad that looks very strong. They'll play against Loisville, which should be an interesting match, before making a stop in Cincinnati. It's a mid-week match and we'll be at Mecklenburg starting around 4 PM on April 19th.
April 22: Loisville City and the "Blackout"
To round out three matches in one week, our friends in Loisville are coming to town again. I'm sure they'll bring the "thousands" of fans they purported to bring last time (it's hard to properly count when looking through the mask of your super hero costume). The club has designated this game as a "blackout" to coincide with the wearing of the third kit. To commemorate the occasion, we've got a special DI t-shirt lined up:
The shirt borrows a quote from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem from which Cincinnati received her nickname, the "Queen City." They're $15 apiece and can be ordered here. Please note that no shipping is available. We'll have them available for pickup at Mecklenburg Gardens before the match starting at 2 PM. We will not be bringing them to the stadium with us. Shirts can also be purchased day of, but we strongly recommend you pre-order.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone back at Mecklenburg Gardens again, for the march to the stadium, and to be back in The Bailey. We'll see everyone there starting this Saturday.