FC Cincinnati Announces US Women’s Match and Development Academy

FC Cincinnati had several big announcements on Friday morning, none bigger than the confirmation that the US Women’s National Soccer Team will face New Zealand in a friendly on Tuesday, September 19th. That match will be featured on national TV on Fox Sports 1 (FS1). The clubs also shared their plans on their future development program.

US Women’s National Team:

FCC President and General Manager Jeff Berding and US Women’s National Team member and Boston Breaker star Rose Lavelle announced that #1 ranked USWNT will face #20 ranked New Zealand in the first match in Cincinnati in about a decade. The match in Cincinnati will be the second of a two-game series vs. New Zealand. The teams will also play on Friday, September 15th at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

In a press release from the club, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis elaborated on the upcoming matches. “The fall-friendly matches are an important transition period to 2018 and we want to get the most out of them by continuing to play teams with World Cup and Olympic experience like New Zealand. Denver has been a fun place to play for our team over the years, but we also enjoy going to cities where we haven’t been in a while, like Cincinnati. The fans there have shown extraordinary support for their USL team and we’re looking forward to an enthusiastic crowd for our match as well.”

The atmosphere shown by FC Cincinnati supporters is a big reason why US Soccer chose to put a friendly in Cincinnati. Over 30,000 fans packed Nippert for US Open Cup matches vs. Chicago and Columbus and it seems the Federation has taken notice.

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. EST through and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will not be handled by FC Cincinnati. CST would encourage fans who would like to sit in a supporters section to join the American Outlaws. If you have not joined, please check out their website including event information for next weekend’s USMNT match in Cleveland.

Development Academy:

Additional representatives at the press conference included Kings Hammer Director Tim Bronsil, Cincinnati United President Dan Kunkemoeller, Cincinnati United Technical Director Bobby Puppione and Cincinnati Development Academy coaches; David Robertson, Kim Scheper, Fred Oduyoye, Scott Rodgers, Kurt Fischer, Simon Wigley.

Jeff Berding, Tim Bronsil and Dan Kunlenmoeller announced that FC Cincinnati will sponsor the Cincinnati Development Academy. That partnership includes branding with the organization including having “FC Cincinnati Development Academy” on the front of the jerseys including having orange & blue on the clubs jerseys. Currently, the Cincinnati Development Academy plays in the National Girls Development Academy program the highest youth development league in the United States.

Berding also announced that all funds from the new FC Cincinnati Ohio State license plates will be directed to the non-profit FC Cincinnati Development Academy. This will help reduce fees, provide for costs associated with travel and other club expenses.

Check out the clubs release here:

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