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FC Cincinnati unveils stadium renderings ahead of November review

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Few things provide as much joy as stadium porn artist renderings of new stadiums.

FC Cincinnati’s do the trick.

And as St. Louis teases a renewed MLS/stadium run without public money, aside from tax breaks, it’s FCC that brings us a look at their new neighborhood.

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Cincy’s new digs feature, obviously, a spectacular pitch — at night, the renderings always should be at night because of lights look great — to go with well-covered seating and a capacity around 26,000.

That capacity would put it in the Top Ten of MLS homes, though well shy of Atlanta and Seattle.

Due to foil technology, the outside *can* be a bright orange suitable to be home base for the Netherlands during the 2026 World Cup and an intriguing outdoor gathering area.

Here’s the timeline:

The full concept plan will be presented to the City of Cincinnati on Nov. 19, 2018 for technical review.

The club’s formal submission of its schematic design, the second stage of design which will include further adjustments following a technical review, will be made to the city on Dec. 3, 2018.

The design development stage will continue into the first quarter of 2019 before a series of final construction documents are submitted ahead of the start of construction on the stadium next spring. The stadium is scheduled to open in March 2021.

Ledesma scored two terrific goals in FC Cincinnati’s title clincher
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Emmanuel Ledesma scored two beauties including an Olimpico as FC Cincinnati clinched the USL Regular Season title with a 4-1 win over the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium on Wednesday.

FC Cincinnati also ran its unbeaten league run to 20 games in the win, nine points ahead of Group B leaders Orange County.

Cincinnati has a 16-point lead on Group A second place side Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

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Ledesma scored another goal in the game, and the ex-Middlesbrough and Brighton midfielder continues his run through the American second division.

Can he bring it to Major League Soccer next season? This knuckling rocket says so.

Report: USL side Cincinnati acquires Adi, Alashe from MLS clubs

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Taylor Twellman is reporting that FC Cincinnati is loading up for the end of their final USL season while preparing for life in Major League Soccer.

FCC has a six-point lead atop the USL Eastern Conference table, and is coming off a 3-2 loss to La Liga’s Espanyol which included a 1-0 lead and 2-2 equalizer in the corner of the hosts from Ohio.

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Twellman says the club is set to acquire Portland striker Fanendo Adi and San Jose midfielder Fatai Alashe for the stretch run of the USL season and beyond.

Jamie Goldberg reported that Saturday night was Adi’s last match as a Timber, and the 27-year-old Nigerian striker has 60 goals in 144 career appearances for Portland.

Alashe had a falling out with San Jose coach Mikael Stahre, whose club is bottom of the West, and the 24-year-old Michigan native is moving a lot closer to home.

Capped thrice by the United States at the U-23 level — he’s also eligible to represent Nigeria — Alashe has five goals and two assists in 87 MLS matches.

What will come the way of San Jose and Portland in return? Probably little in the case of the latter, as the move will open up significant salary for the Timbers. San Jose on the other hand may be getting money or future considerations.

Anyone willing to bet against FCC in the USL Playoffs?


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:

U.S. Open Cup fourth round draw: New York Derby, Minnesota-Cincinnati

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Major League Soccer enters the fray as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup reaches its fourth round.

There are four all-MLS matches in the bunch, including another round of the Hudson River Derby between NYCFC and the New York Red Bulls.

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Elsewhere, Portland hosts San Jose, Chicago visits Columbus, and Real Salt Lake entertains Sporting KC.

Open qualifier NTX Rayados earn a date at Houston Dynamo, while PDL side FC Golden State Force will visit the LA Galaxy.

NPSL side Miami United hosts Orlando City as an MLS side travels to visit a fourth-tier side.

The rest of the match-ups feature USL sides vs. MLS teams.

[ REPORT: FC Cincinnati to join MLS in 2019 ]

The winner of the U.S. Open Cup gets a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Full schedule (June 5-6)
New York Red Bulls vs. NYCFC
Louisville City (USL) vs. New England Revolution
DC United vs. North Carolina FC (USL)
Philadelphia Union vs. Richmond Kickers (USL)
Miami United (NPSL) vs. Orlando City SC
Atlanta United vs. Charleston Battery (USL)
Minnesota United vs. FC Cincinnati (USL)
Columbus Crew vs. Chicago Fire
Nashville SC (USL) vs. Colorado Rapids
Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting KC
Houston Dynamo vs. NTX Rayados (LQ)
San Antonio FC (USL) vs. FC Dallas
LA Galaxy vs. FC Golden State Force (PDL)
LAFC vs. Fresno FC (USL)
Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Sacramento Republic (USL) vs. Seattle Sounders