MLS reveals FC Cincinnati’s first six games of restarted season

FC Cincinnati will have games at Nippert Stadium against D.C. United, Columbus Crew SC and the Chicago Fire, MLS announced on Saturday. Fans will not be permitted for the first home game.

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MLS on Saturday revealed the first six games of every club’s continuation of the regular season, including FC Cincinnati. The Orange and Blue will have three home games at Nippert Stadium with no fans allowed for the first game. Additional information for the other two home matches is still to be determined. Due to travel restrictions, U.S. teams will play their first six games against other U.S. teams.

FC Cincinnati’s next six games are as follows:

  • Friday, Aug. 21 vs. D.C. United at Nippert Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
    • D.C. United placed last in Group C in the MLS is Back Tournament, which had Toronto FC, the New England Revolution and the Montreal Impact. D.C. United drew with Toronto and the Revolution but lost in its final match against the Impact, 1-0.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25 at Chicago Fire FC at Soldier Field, 7:30 p.m.
    • The Chicago Fire also placed last in their group, which was Group B. The team had a win in its first match against the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders but then lost their next two games against the San Jose Earthquakes and the Vancouver Whitecaps, both by a score of 2-0.
  •  Saturday, Aug. 29 vs. Columbus Crew SC at Nippert Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
    • The Columbus Crew placed first in the group FCC was also in, Group E. The team won all of its matches and looked like one of the best teams in the tournament in the group stages. Those wins were against FC Cincinnati, the New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United. However, it ended up losing its first match in the knockout round to Minnesota United.
  •  Tuesday, Sept. 1 vs. Chicago Fire FC at Nippert Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
  •  Sunday, Sept. 6 at Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
  •  Saturday, Sept. 12 at New York City FC, venue TBD, 7 p.m.
    • New York City FC placed third in Group A, which also featured Orlando City SC, the Philadelphia Union and Inter Miami CF. NYCFC grabbed a spot in the knockout round thanks to a win against Inter Miami. However, the team lost its two other games against Orlando and Philadelphia. In its first game in the knockout round, it defeated one of the strongest looking teams in the group stage, Toronto FC, and moved on to face the Portland Timbers, which defeated the New York-based club.

MLS commissioner Don Garber also announced the league will try to have each team play 18 additional regular-season games in a phased approach, which will end Nov. 8 with Decision Day. The postseason has also been expanded even more compared to last season, with 18 teams total advancing. The MLS Cup has been scheduled for play Dec. 12.

“I would like to thank everyone involved with the MLS is Back Tournament — players, coaches, staff and partners — for their role in helping us recapture the momentum we had at the beginning of our 25th season and reconnect with our passionate fans,” Garber said in an MLS press release. “Since suspending play in March, we have been working on plans to play as much of our season as possible, beginning with the tournament in Florida and resuming in our local markets following the competition.  We remain focused on the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff, and look forward to continuing our season in our home markets.”

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