As FC Cincinnati moves towards their home opener this Saturday in Nippert Stadium, CincinnatiSoccerTalk.com wants to give our readers more insight into who makes up our club. We will be highlighting several individuals who will cheer on or work for the Orange & Blue during their inaugural season.
To get a sense of what to expect for the upcoming season, I was able to make my way down Dana Ave for the exhibition match vs. Xavier. My evening started at Listermann Brewing Company where a couple of friends and I planned to hangout. Walking in the door for the first time, you could feel the energy coming from the crowd. The place was filled with FCC supporters so I decided to strike up conversations with several members of FCC Supporter Groups, The Pride and Die Innenstadt.
During my conversations, I had the privilege to meet Adam Sandfoss. Adam, a member of both DI & The Pride, has been a fan of soccer dating back to his youth days with his dad as coach. Without a local club to support, Adam swore his allegiance to the LA Galaxy. That all changed in the summer of 2015 when he decided that he wanted to be involved with the club. “I was at Molly Malone’s for a Women’s World Cup game with the American Outlaws and a club employee was there filming a commercial. I didn’t think much more about it until a couple months later when the commercial was on the news and right then and there I knew I wanted to get involved and help to get the city excited for professional soccer.”
With one week to go until the first kick at Nippert Stadium, Adam feels the enthusiasm about how the team has been embraced so far by the town. “I have been very excited to see how the Cincy community is embracing the club. The soccer bars are packed and our ticket sales are doing great. This is amazing for the community and I think this season is going to be very special.”
A consistent theme among people I have interviewed is how the team has brought the opportunity for friends to get together and enjoy a game. Adam is no exception. He plans to go to games with his friends “Alex and Adam from Longnecks, a great bar and grill in Wilder, KY that also happens to be a Pub Sponsor for FCC. They are big soccer supporters.”
As a member of both supporters groups, Adam plans to be at Brass Tap with The Pride Supporters Group on game day. For away matches, he plans on being at Rhinehaus cheering on the boys in blue & orange with Die Innenstadt. You can also find him at the Christian Moerlein Lager House for the John Harkes Coaches Show and will be one of a large group of fans cheering for FC Cincinnati in the Bailey.
“When you cheer on a club or join a supporters group you really do feel this sense of community & passion that I don’t think you see often in other sports. In order for professional soccer to be successful in a place like Cincinnati you have to have all the right pieces at the right time or it will fail. We have the right coach, the right players, the right stadium, the right supporters groups and very importantly the right owners.”
Make sure to check back with us this week as we will continue to feature FC Cincinnati Supporters.
Make sure you are there to represent your city and your team at its first home game! Get you tickets at the FC Cincinnati website or by calling 513-977-KICK.
@bryanweigel for @cincysoccertalk
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