As we all begin to wrap our heads around FC Cincinnati’s 2-1 defeat to the Charleston Battery, we need to remind ourselves is that we are still at the beginning of our club’s story. The decisive blow in the 64th minute coming off a Battery corner ended the first season for FC Cincinnati, but as the sun came up on Monday we were able to start on the path toward season two.
For the entire season we have chronicled the performances of our players, coaches and staff after every game, but for the sake of the writer’s sanity and mental well being, I am going to focus what I have seen in person and on social media to tell the story of the game and our season.
If you are looking for a post game story of the in game action, please check out our friend Pat Brennan’s story.
Yesterday began like many game days before with the pre game gatherings at all the local pub partners and tailgates in and around Clifton. The usual atmosphere was amplified with jitters, emotions and the importance of the game. The chants were loud, the refreshments were flowing and the fans of FC Cincinnati brought “it”.
The trek up University and down Vine was also amazing due to the location and coordination of our supporters groups massing together for the best pre game march to date.
The City of Cincinnati turned out with 30,187 purchasing tickets for the inaugural home playoff match. While it was not as large as the Crystal Palace friendly, the attendance number validated how this town really feels about the club. Supporters in the Bailey were rocking ever since they arrived and the Legion impressed in organizing several large stadium chants to generate an impressive atmosphere.
While the Eric Stevenson goal in the 19th minute generated jubilation and more enthusiasm, it was not meant to be for the inaugural squad representing our town. As the referee blew his whistle to mark the end to the year, fans were not booing like they had for Bengals losses. They didn’t run out of the stadium, they stayed to thank the players for the dedication they showed our fan base for the last 7 months.
We are all disappointed that the result didn’t go our way, but I think this day really showed us that we are ready to be a big soccer town. The fans and club together have made our first year successful and I am already counting down until pre season next Spring.
I wanted to point out some things that I have seen on social media over the past day. These comments validate the time us fans have dedicated and I hope that we will continue to grow next year.
If you haven’t already, make sure to get your tickets for next season and let’s LACE IT UP for 2017!
Still processing yesterday's FCC loss. It's about more than just a club, what great people and such a wonderful city.
— Ronny Salerno (@QueenCityDisco) October 3, 2016
Best part about soccer is the friendships. Glad to meet so many awesome people because of #FCCincy this year.
— 6th Day Soccer (@6thsoccer) October 3, 2016
@HarrisonDelbo thanks for the great season and jersey #1 fan ethen Aussie AUSSiE Aussie oi oi oi 4fan4life pic.twitter.com/ClV0Sgb0Qa
— The Gnome of The Bailey (@gnomeofdabailey) October 2, 2016
Thank you all. @fccincinnati @DieInnenstadt @ThePrideCincy @FCCTheLegion @LowenDesSudens @QueenCityFirm pic.twitter.com/W6xrfi12Uo
— The ßailey (@FCCTheBailey) October 2, 2016
Ten minutes after the final whistle and the Bailey refuses to go home. 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/V9AlJSu6rG
— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) October 2, 2016
Thanks to @fccincinnati for creating a movement, bringing people together and creating new friendships, fostering community! #FCCincy
— It's Juneta (@juneta513) October 3, 2016
Also as Jared points out, make sure to come out on November 29th for MLS Commissioner Don Garber. (stay tuned)
Everyone better come out November 29.
— Jared (@handrajs) October 3, 2016
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