FC Cincinnati get their chance in the MLS from the 2019 season after a successful spell un the USL Championship where their fanatical support saw them break the record for the average attendance for any USL Championship team in history with an average of 25,717 fans.
A third-place finish in the USL Championship Eastern Conference in 2016 was followed by a sixth-place finish a year later. 2018 was FC Cincinnati’s year as they stormed to the title with an amazing record of played 34, won 23, drawn eight and lost only three.
Head coach Alan Koch has a monumental task ahead of him if he is to get his FC Cincinnati team ready for the 2019 MLS season. While the USL Championship is competitive, the MLS has a far higher standard of players and it could be something of a rude awakening for the faithful FC Cincinnati fans.
Major investment will be needed if FC Cincinnati are to challenge for the playoff places. Owner Carl H. Linder III is a billionaire, so finances should not be an issue, it may come down to which players want to play for the MLS newcomers.
FC Cincinnati have added some much needed experience to their roster with the signings of Emmanuel Ledesma who has English Championship experience, Fatai Alashe who played 85 times for San Jose Earthquakes and Fanendo Adi who scored 54 goals in 126 appearances for Portland Timbers; the latter will be extremely important to FC Cincinnati.
The club have the opportunity to select up to five players from MLS team in the expansion draft, which will help Koch and his FC Cincinnati squad immensely.
FC Cincinnati's Next Game
FC Cincinnati were unbeaten at home in 2018 in regular season and their home form will be vital to them in the coming campaign. Is FC Cincinnati at home next or do they face a long and arduous journey across America to play their next match?
Fans of FC Cincinnati will be looking forward to each and every game their beloved team plays this season and will no doubt be following their team home and away regardless of who they face.
Check out the full FC Cincinnati schedule in the table below, which also has the latest FC Cincinnati betting odds available.
FC Cincinnati Current Standings
FC Cincinnati are expected to struggle during their first season in the MLS, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the team is not in the MLS to simply make up the numbers. Let’s take a look at how FC Cincinnati are getting on by checking out the current standings.
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|1||Los Angeles FC||46||21||14||4||3||55||20||35|
|8||New York Red Bulls||31||21||9||4||8||36||31||5|
|10||Impact De Montreal||30||22||9||3||10||26||36||-10|
|11||Real Salt Lake||29||20||9||2||9||29||29||0|
|14||New York City FC||29||18||7||8||3||31||22||9|
How to be on FC Cincinnati
Exciting times are ahead for fans of FC Cincinnati as they embark on their first season in the MLS. After Los Angeles FC and Atlanta United both excelled in their debut seasons, FC Cincinnati fans can be forgiven for being a tad overenthusiastic.
The five players who FC Cincinnati select in the expansion draft are going to be crucial to the team’s debut season. The club has already added some talent with MLS experience in it, which should stand it in good stead, but more players are needed to help FC Cincinnati through their first-ever season in the big time.
Forward Fanendo Adi has a proven goalscoring record in the MLS with 54 goals in 126 games for Portland Timbers. If FC Cincinnati can create enough chances for Adi, they will certainly worry their opponents because Adi finds the back of the net on a regular basis.
We would expect more than half of FC Cincinnati’s games to trigger the over 2.5 goals market, particularly when they are on the road against the more establish teams. Whether FC Cincinnati can emulate the success of the like of Atlanta United and Los Angeles FC remains to be seen, but it should be an exciting ride for their fans nonetheless.
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