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Simply put, FC Cincinnati were established in August 2015 for moments like Sunday night at Nippert Stadium. Then, the club hosts the Portland Timbers in the Orange and Blue’s inaugural home MLS match.
Technically, the match is Cincinnati’s third as an MLS club, but it’s the first time the city gets at glimpse of the league at home. It’s also the first time the rest of MLS and an international audience see Nippert Stadium and the cauldron of noise it became during three USL seasons.
If FC Cincinnati being an MLS club still doesn’t feel real, Sunday will change everything moving forward.
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In what’s expected to be a sell-out crowd, FCC host a Portland side that played in the 2018 MLS Cup and won one in 2015. By the full-time whistle Sunday night, FCC will have already played three clubs that won an MLS Cup within the last four years. That’s hardly a friendly welcome for the league’s debutant.
But after snatching an 86th-minute goal in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Atlanta United FC — the 2018 MLS Cup champions — the Orange and Blue proved their legitimacy and quality to the rest of the league. This Sunday is the first time Cincinnati can showcase itself at home.
“It’s going to be a good game,” forward Fanendo Adi said. “Portland are one of the best teams in the past four or five years … It’s a game where we want to show ourselves, impose ourselves on them and try to get our first three points.”
Adi spent five seasons in Portland before joining FC Cincinnati last July.
As for the Timbers in 2019, they have a point from two matches — just like FCC. Both have also lost a match 4-1. Collecting three points in the nationally-televised match could be the key ingredient to a strong run during the 2019 regular season.
If there was any doubt – and there shouldn’t have been – Nippert Stadium will be absolutely rocking on Sunday for the FC Cincinnati-Portland Timbers match.
FC Cincinnati announced Saturday afternoon that ticket sales had reached the stadium’s capacity for soccer matches of 32,250, making the game an official sellout.
At that attendance number, the match becomes FC Cincinnati’s fourth-best attended contest with only a friendly against an English Premier League team (Crystal Palace FC) and two high-profile U.S. Open Cup matches performing better at the Nippert turnstiles.
With 32,250, FC Cincinnati also broke its own single-match attendance record for a league match.
The previous best attendance for a league match was FC Cincinnati’s 2018 regular-season home finale against Indy Eleven where it celebrated its USL regular season championship. That match garnered an attendance of 31,478.