FC Cincinnati to make MLS debut in 2019

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We’re unsure the cat was in the bag for long at all, but it’s out now: FC Cincinnati will join Major League Soccer and debut next Spring.

The team’s status as a “2019 expansion club” was announced  at the Rhinegeist Brewery on Tuesday.

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FCC currently plays in the USL, and the club will remain as FC Cincinnati and continue playing at Nippert Stadium until its new soccer-specific stadium is completed in 2021.

In a press release, owner Carl Lindner III called it a “triumph for the continued renaissance of this incredible city.”

Watch the full press conference here: