Draped in flags, wrapped in scarves, and wearing all manner of orange and blue, the supporters of FC Cincinnati followed up with the US Open Cup semi-finalists at CVG airport. They gathered and greeted the Queen City boys as they arrived back from their 1-0 victory over Miami FC. As FCC’s official Twitter page put it, “Not that we should be surprised, but an awesome crowd has gathered at CVG.”
Over a hundred Cincinnati supporters turned up at baggage claim to welcome the rising USL stars back home. For an hour, the crowd stood by, chanting Bailey favorite cheers, becoming so raucous at one point that security at the airport had to step in and quiet everyone until the team arrived.
But as the men made their way in, the crowd broke into chants again, giving the quarter-final victors more reason to smile; they took video of the fans’ welcome as fans took video of their entrance, a telling display of the bond between team and supporters here in Cincinnati. The significance of the gathering was not lost on Coach Alan Koch, saying on Twitter, “Just another moment of why we love our fans so much. You are the reason.”
FC Cincinnati’s next US Open Cup test will be home, at Nippert, on Tuesday, August 15th, against the fourth ranked team in MLS’ Eastern Conference, New York Red Bulls. A win and a Sporting Kansas City loss mean a Nippert US Open Cup final. But for now, the players are settling back into their USL schedule, with a match at home this Saturday against Orlando City B; their fans will be right there with them.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s cup run and 2017 season.