FC Cincinnati heads to Bradenton, Florida for the third time to gear up for the 2018 season. Cincinnati will not participate in an official tournament like they did in 2016. This preseason will follow a similar path as last 2017 with two friendly matches scheduled. Cincinnati Soccer Talk will be on location for each match and will keep the fans up to date with preseason activities. The preseason match vs. New England Revolution will be the first time the two sides meet on the pitch. In their second match, FC Cincinnati will face a familiar USL foe in the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Cincinnati Soccer Talk learned that Miami FC was on the schedule originally but that match has since been dropped.
Florida Match Calendar:
2/6 vs. New England Revolution
2/10 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Each Match will be played on Field 1, which is adjacent to the main stadium. The field has stands available for viewing the matches. All matches will be played at 3:30 P.M. Each match is expected to be streamed with commentary for the viewers back home. The stream will be hosted on http://live.imgacademytv.co
Well, now that the game is announced, I guess we can make our announcement…
— The Unused⭐Substitutes Soccer Show (@UnusedSubsPod) January 17, 2018
2/22 at Indy Eleven- 1:30 p.m.
2/27 at NKU Norse- 7:00 p.m.- For sale beginning 1/29 through Ticketmaster
3/3 vs. Nashville SC (Gettler Stadium)- 4:00 p.m.
3/7 vs. UC (Gettler Stadium)- 7:30 p.m.
3/10 vs. Sacramento Republic FC (Nippert Stadium)- 4:00 p.m.
A slew of matches were also announced today at home or close to home. Fans will get their first glimmer of Indy XI and Nashville SC. Sacramento Republic will return the preseason favor from last year when FC Cincinnati played at Papa Murphy Park.
Season ticket members will have priority to purchase tickets for FCC’s matches against Nashville SC (up to 4 per account) and Sacramento Republic FC beginning Feb. 12 at 9:00 a.m. Tickets for the Nashville game will be $5.00 apiece. The match against Republic FC will be general admission only on a first-come, first-serve basis with seats in the lower bowl at $10.00 apiece and Pavilion seats available for $20.00 each. Remaining seats will be made available to the general public beginning Feb. 14. Proceeds from both matches will go to the FCC Community Fund.
The roster turnover this season has brought many new dynamic players into the mix for FC Cincinnati. These preseason matches play a crucial part in roster chemistry. We encourage you to watch the matches for more than flashy goals. Alan Koch will be implementing his vision and formations for 2018 as he pushes players and finalizes his roster. Preseason practices are only part of the equation. These games will provide invaluable real-match data for the head coach as he plans his early match rosters. Alan spoke to CST on Monday’s show and provided insight on how he will be approaching the preseason.
Stay Tuned to Cincinnati Soccer Talk for the latest information on FC Cincinnati including the USL Schedule announcement. Per USL Commissioner Jake Edwards we can expect the full 2018 FC Cincinnati schedule soon.
Have been a few late changes, should be ready next week. Thanks for your patience Mike.
— Jake Edwards (@EdwardsUSL) January 8, 2018