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FC Cincinnati about to hit more attendance milestones as it enters MLS

 

The team’s season ticket sales are on the verge of topping 20,000, FC Cincinnati president and general manager Jeff Berding said Tuesday at his “State of the Team." 

 

And ticket sales for FC Cincinnati’s home opener March 17 vs. the Portland Timbers have already topped the team’s record home-opening crowd in the United Soccer League of 25,667. That number will keep rising. “We expect continued swift sales as the date approaches,” he said. “We’re hoping for over 30,000 at the inaugural game.”

 

FC Cincinnati has the second-most merchandise sales of any MLS expansion club as it enters the season, Berding said. And that was done in just three months. 

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/02/26/fc-cincinnati-about-to-hit-more-attendance.html?iana=hpmvp_cinci_news_headline

 

 

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https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2019-03-02-seattle-sounders-fc-vs-fc-cincinnati/recap

 

Hey, at least FCC scored first 🙄

 

Welcome to MLS Cincinnati from a Crew fan.  Seattle is tough place to make your debut.

 

Edit: BTW, that first goal was a stunner!  Video at https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/03/02/leonardo-bertone-scores-first-mls-goal-fc-cincinnati-history

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So I heard that Toyota Mercy Health built their practice field out in Milford...to avoid paying City of Cincinnati earnings tax.  That's effing lame.  The Bengals players make way more money and they practice in Cincinnati. 

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Also, I listened to Toyota Mercy Health's game on the radio Saturday.  The band kept playing after Philadelphia's first goal.  Then after the second.  Then after the final whistle.  It was like that "flesh wound" scene in Monte Python. 

 

I'm speaking as a vet of several football and basketball pep bands -- you don't play when the opponent scores.  You don't play all the way back to the locker room when you just got shut out.   

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13 minutes ago, jmecklenborg said:

Also, I listened to Toyota Mercy Health's game on the radio Saturday.  The band kept playing after Philadelphia's first goal.  Then after the second.  Then after the final whistle.  It was like that "flesh wound" scene in Monte Python. 

 

I'm speaking as a vet of several football and basketball pep bands -- you don't play when the opponent scores.  You don't play all the way back to the locker room when you just got shut out.   

 

What band? I've never seen a band at an FC game. 

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Alan Koch relieved of his duties as FC Cincinnati head coach

 

FC Cincinnati announced Tuesday that head coach Alan Koch has been relieved of his duties with the team.

 

“After a series of recent issues and a team culture that had deteriorated, we determined that it’s time to make a change to return a club-centered focus to the team,” Jeff Berding, FC Cincinnati president and general manager said in a press release from the team. 

 

He adds that removing Koch as coach has less to do with the team's current game results, and more to do with an underlying culture issue that may be causing issues on the pitch.

 

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FC Cincinnati fires coach

 

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Alan Koch’s run as FC Cincinnati’s Major League Soccer head coach didn’t last long.

 

FC Cincinnati fired Koch Tuesday, just 11 games into the team’s inaugural MLS season. Koch had previously been FC Cincinnati’s coach for its last two seasons in the United Soccer League, leading the team to two playoff appearances, one playoff win and an U.S. Open Cup semifinal, before it became an MLS expansion club starting this season.

 

But FC Cincinnati opened this season with a 2-7-2 record, leaving the club tied for last place in the 12-team Eastern Conference. It's tied for the second-worst record in all of MLS. 

 

Worse, FC Cincinnati hasn’t shown much progress in recent weeks. The club hasn’t scored a goal in its last five games. And it’s scored just one goal – on a penalty kick – in the last seven games. Its eight total goals scored this season ranks last in the 24-team league.

 

More below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2019/05/07/fc-cincinnati-fires-coach.html


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From The Athletic

Sources: FC Cincinnati to hire Ron Jans as next head coach


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FC Cincinnati has hired Dutch manager Ron Jans as their new head coach, sources tell The Athletic. Jans is currently waiting for his work visa to be approved, but is expected to take the helm as soon as he receives it. 
 

The hire provides an air of symmetry for the club’s new general managerGerard Nijkamp. Among his first tasks at his last post with Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle was to hire a new head coach. Jans was his pick. The manager helped Zwolle beat Ajax to win the 2013–14 KNVB Cup in his first year and posted a 39 percent winning record in 159 matches in charge. Jans left Zwolle after the 2016-17 season to serve as FC Groningen’s director of football. He left that position on June 30th.
 

Nijkamp created a stir earlier in July when he referred to the next FC Cincinnati coach as a “caretaker” for the next 18 months. He later clarified that whoever stepped into the role would have a chance to be reassessed ahead of the team’s new stadium opening for 2021. The sources weren’t clear on the exact terms of Jans’ deal.

 

 

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The highlight of the match for FCC was the glorious tifo. Other than that FCC had no answers for Zardes making his runs. Fun rivalry already, will truly be something special. 

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19 minutes ago, jmecklenborg said:

On Saturday, FC narrowly avoided shutout #11 of the year.

 

I have to say, it's hilarious how people in Cincinnati are now referring to the team as 'FC'. 

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^ People have been calling it that since the first season in 2016. Like it or not, it's an alternative that has stuck. I think it's largely because the USL logo prominently displaced FC over everything else (it was a truly terrible logo)
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6 minutes ago, cbussoccer said:

 

 

I have to say, it's hilarious how people in Cincinnati are now referring to the team as 'FC'. 

 

Yeah the stooge owners didn't bother coming up with a real name.  Instead the announcers just call them "the orange and blue".  

 

The lion looks like he's conducting a symphony, like back when they'd hand the baton to Bugs Bunny.  

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1 hour ago, cbussoccer said:

 

 

I have to say, it's hilarious how people in Cincinnati are now referring to the team as 'FC'. 

 

Why is that hilarious? They are Cincinnati's football club. There is only one football club in the city so there is no chance that they could be confused with another FC. 

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1 minute ago, DEPACincy said:

 

Why is that hilarious? They are Cincinnati's football club. There is only one football club in the city so there is no chance that they could be confused with another FC. 

 

"Hey guys wanna go to the football club game tonight?" 

 

That's essentially what I hear when I hear someone refer to the team as 'FC'. People are using it as a nickname like "The Bengals" when it isn't really meant to be used that way.

 

As someone who has been closely involved with soccer for a long time, hearing someone refer to their team as 'FC' when their team's name is XYZCity FC is just humorous for me because nobody does that.

 

Liverpool FC is not 'FC', they are Liverpoorl. Everton FC are not 'FC', they are Everton. FC Barcelona are not 'FC', they are Barcelona or Barca. AC Milan are not 'AC', they are Milan. AS Roma are not 'AS', they are Roma. AFC Bournemouth are not 'AFC', they are Bournemouth.  

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hearing someone refer to their team as 'FC' when their team's name is XYZCity FC is just humorous for me because nobody does that.


well, now at least one team does.

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2 hours ago, DEPACincy said:

 

Why is that hilarious? They are Cincinnati's football club. There is only one football club in the city so there is no chance that they could be confused with another FC. 

 

Imagine if the Reds were just called "Cincinnati Baseball Team." It'd be lame and everyone would be wondering why they didn't have a real name.

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9 minutes ago, Ram23 said:

 

Imagine if the Reds were just called "Cincinnati Baseball Team." It'd be lame and everyone would be wondering why they didn't have a real name.

 

Or worse, sold out to Red Bull.  

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17 hours ago, cbussoccer said:

As someone who has been closely involved with soccer for a long time, hearing someone refer to their team as 'FC' when their team's name is XYZCity FC is just humorous for me because nobody does that.


Coincidentally the team I support in Germany does that exact thing. 1. FC Köln.

 

It's shorthanded to "FC" and spelled how it's pronounced: "Effzeh".

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It's fans.  I never heard the term "supporter" until 3 years ago, despite playing organized soccer for 8+ years, attending many games, watching overseas games on late-night cable in the 90s, and knowing people who displayed European soccer memorabilia in their homes.  

 

Every time I hear "supporter", I gag at the thought of a Bartles & James revival:

 

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^ I don't mind "supporters" that much, but using the word "football" bothers me to some degree. There's nothing wrong with the fact that in the USA we call it "soccer" and use "football" for something else. It seems people feel as though they're creating an in-group of worldly sophisticates by shunning the term "soccer". Similar with using the term "nil" for "zero".

 

Small gripe, but why do we have to shed our American identity as we increase our participation in, ahem, soccer?

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1 hour ago, Robuu said:

Small gripe, but why do we have to shed our American identity as we increase our participation in, ahem, soccer?

 

Soccer fans have always been insecure because there is already a sport named football.  It's like how Rollerblading never really had a proper name, since Rollerblade was a brand name.  When the X-Games dubbed it "Aggressive In-line Skating", it was a pejorative orchestrated by skateboarding companies to beat down the nascent competitor.

 

It was never the case until recently that U.S. soccer fans felt the need to be as "authentic" as possible, as if some European superfan is going to come over here, cross his arms, and give a nod of approval.  And that approval would ignite a swell of dopamine in the American that would make his years of research all worth it.  

 

Fetishizing a foreign fan culture is always completely ridiculous.  The foreigners will always chuckle at your obsessive effort.  We fetishize European soccer fandom; they fetishize Native Americans.  To me, all of the American soccer superfans look as ridiculous as the East Germans in their Indian getups and simulated tepees:

 

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^ It's not even "foreign fans" though, really, since most of them don't speak English as a native language. It's an attempt to emulate EPL fandom, I guess. And the MLS has picked it up as a marketing tactic.

 

God forbid soccer games be played on a field and end zero-zero. We need football fixtures played on a pitch ending nil-nil.

 

Edit: To me, it's a bit like if Cincinnati stopped using the word "chili" for its famous dish. I'd prefer to embrace the cultural quirk rather than chase some contrived notion of what is linguistically authentic.

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Oh dear lord. God forbid we call the game by its proper terms. I don't care if you call the score zero-zero but the proper term in nil-nil. Jersey is a kit, field is a pitch. blah blah blah. I'll call them by the proper terms but if you don't that's no big deal to me. It also shouldn't matter to you when people use the proper terms, I feel sorry for you if it does. Also, US is not the only country to call it soccer. Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, South Africa and Ireland all call it soccer or use soccer and football interchangeably. In Italy it's called Calicio and in many SE Asian country's it's called kick ball. While the name of the sport changes the matchs are still played on pitches with players wearing kits. It has nothing to do with EPL or wanting to be European to me. I don't follow any other league than MLS. I can only name maybe 5 or 6 EPL clubs. 

 

Are you upset in French game of Tennis and the score LOVE instead of Zero or when score is actually 3-1 but it's called 40-15? 

Are you mad when baseball purists remind you baseball is played in a ballpark and not a stadium?

Are you mad at the Scottish game golf? The word bogey?

 

Probably not, as this is just about poo-pooing on soccer and it's fans...erhm supporters. Oh no...I'm sorry...fans.  You're just coming off as old man yells at cloud meme because you're triggered by the fact that people are starting use to soccer proper terms. 

 

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No one likes to tell people that they don't like a sport more then people who don't like soccer.  I don't care for hockey so I just don't follow the sport.  I don't go into the Blue Jackets thread and talk about how dumb a sport it is or how I think the language they use is stupid.  

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45 minutes ago, Robuu said:

^ It's not even "foreign fans" though, really, since most of them don't speak English as a native language. It's an attempt to emulate EPL fandom, I guess. And the MLS has picked it up as a marketing tactic.

 

God forbid soccer games be played on a field and end zero-zero. We need football fixtures played on a pitch ending nil-nil.


Pretty much no one cares if you say nil-nil or scoreless or zero-zero. There's a large group of people that don't follow soccer that think if you use the "wrong terms" people will complain. No one cares. zero-zero is just two extra syllables. I would personally say it's scoreless.

 

And in general, there are fans in the stands. There is a subset of fans that are called "supporters" who sit in a designated section. It's the supporters who generally lead chants, play drums, light smoke, etc. And if you call them fans, no one cares. There just needs to be a distinction so that people who don't want to be in that section don't sit there. So they call it a "Supporter's Section". Everyone in the stadium is a fan. You can call everyone fans.

 

Also, for all of the talk about how the MLS fans want to emulate the EPL, that's not really true. There aren't drums or smoke at EPL games. There's much more singing in MLS matches than EPL matches. These traits have much more in common with the German Bundesliga and Eastern European leagues.

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42 minutes ago, cincydave8 said:

people are starting use to soccer proper terms

I'm not mad, I said it was a minor gripe. But the gripe is this, that these are somehow "proper" terms. When they're EPL terms.

 

If tennis had a history of being played in the States with terms like "tied" and scores like 3-1, then suddenly people started saying "love" and using 45-15, yeah, it would probably bother me. But as long as I've known the sport it's been love/45-15. Was there a time before that?

 

Anyhow, this is how language evolves. And probably what you're calling the "proper" terms will become the only terms, eventually. C'est la vie. I would just personally prefer it if we could stick with our Americanisms. Those feel more authentic to me than chasing "proper" terms.

 

43 minutes ago, cincydave8 said:

Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, South Africa and Ireland all call it soccer or use soccer and football interchangeably.

Right, but Americans have traditionally only used soccer. But suddenly we have "Football Club Cincinnati" -- which is silly. That's all I'm saying, really. I'm fully aware it's a personal preference.

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