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Last year, we took a moment to chat about how much we appreciated the effect that FC Cincinnati was having on the area surrounding Nippert Stadium in Clifton. We talked about how stoked we were to see businesses prospering while students were away for the summer, the general camaraderie, and the atmosphere at the games. Rather than rambling on about it, you can read the whole thing here.

But, to make a long story short: We fell in love with the team from the moment we stepped foot into the stadium. It’s crazy to think that last year, in their first year of operation, they broke the league record for attendance. This year, we’re already in talks about being in MLS within the next couple of years. Incredible stadium renderings have been unveiled, they’re playing world-class teams in international friendlies, and their fan base is, well…

Credit: University of Cincinnati News Record
Credit: University of Cincinnati News Record

Yes, the bailey is loud, rambunctious, and always the best place to be around when watching the game. Their loyalty is unmatched and their drinking abilities are just as admirable. In fact, we’d be bold enough to say that they’re exactly what every other professional sports team in Cincinnati is lacking. Instead of the begrudging loyalty that most continue to muster up for our beloved Bungles and ridiculous Reds, the FC fans don’t give a damn if it’s raining, snowing, or hotter than the deepest flames of hell (which is apparently real when you’re playing the Columbus Crew), they’re going to show up and, win or lose, they’re going to leave it all out there for you.

They’re part of the reason why we say what we’re about to say:

Yes, FC Cincinnati is ready for MLS.

As we watched last week’s match against the Columbus Crew, we were on the edge of our seats the whole time. We felt the anxiety of the crowd as the Crew has us pinned back against our goal a number of times, we were screaming plenty of explatives with the rest of the fans at that ridiculous yellow card, and you can bet your ass that we pretty much flew out of our seats and jumped around like fools in that moment when we were finally rewarded with that beautiful header…

At the end of the day, we don’t care where the stadium goes, who pays for it, or any of the other fine details, but we do know that, regardless of the outcome of the upcoming game against the Chicago Fire (buy your tickets here), you can’t take away from the fact that we have a loyal fan base, we’ve already beat our soon-to-be rivals in the Columbus Crew, and the crowd does generate revenue to the surrounding neighborhood. Really, what’s not to love? If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, don’t worry. There are going to be plenty of seats for season ticket holders in their new stadium.

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Think FC Cincinnati is ready for the next level? Where would you like to see the stadium? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…

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