In this segment, we highlight our feature article of the week and take a look at some of the best FC Cincinnati related content produced by other outlets. It’s a way to recap the week’s events and share content that we think is worth your attention.
Occasionally this season, Orange & Blue Press will review events in the Eastern Conference to examine FC Cincinnati’s season and their post-season prospects. This article recaps the league’s expansion and realignment, the leaders of the Eastern Conference, as well as some surprises thus far in the 2018 season.
This past week FC Cincinnati learned who its first potential opponent of the 2018 US Open Cup will be. They will play the winner of the PDL’s Michigan Bucks or the NPSL’s Detroit City FC. They will host the match at Gettler Stadium on May 16th. This article gives a layout of all the USL teams and their potential lower-division foes. It also shares more information on all the first round teams.
This is a delightful article that highlights FC Cincinnati’s rising star, Emmanuel Ledesma. The article does a nice job recounting his 2017 season with the New York Cosmos and exactly why FC Cincinnati signed the former NASL standout. The article discusses Manu’s first two relatively unproductive weeks with FCC but also talks about the upside of the dynamic playmaker.
FC Cincinnati is not the city’s first soccer club. In fact, there have been multiple clubs before FCC’s first season in 2016. This article takes a walk down memory lane and provides a lovely look at Cincinnati’s soccer past including both men’s and women’s teams.
Charlie Hatch hits the stats hard in order to stress the importance of Kenney Walker’s role in FC Cincinnati’s results. His article also discusses Alan Koch’s attempt to increase the depth of the 2018 squad in an attempt to minimize the impact of the loss of any one player during the season.
STADIUM WATCH: Earlier this week FC Cincinnati took another step in the right direction toward building a stadium and earning an MLS bid. Tuesday the Cincinnati Public School Board reconvened to discuss a potential land swap that would allow FC Cincinnati to build on the site of Taft High School’s Stargel Stadium. Ultimately the board unanimously agreed to the deal with the club, though it is worth noting a group of people protested the school board’s decision.
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Continuing with the stadium theme – there are two key Cincinnati City Council votes on Monday, April 16th, on FC Cincinnati’s stadium deal. The first is a vote by the Budget & Finance committee at 1 pm. If the deal passes that committee, it will go in front full council at 4 pm for more discussion and ultimately a vote.
Cincinnati City Council will meet Monday at 4 p.m. to vote on the FC Cincinnati stadium deal @WCPO
— Amanda Seitz (@AmandaSeitz1) April 13, 2018
On a lighter note, USL newcomer, Las Vegas Lights, never misses a chance to entertain us. The announcement of their newest sponsorship partner is no exception.
We were going to wait till 4:20 pm, but we were just too excited 😏
We are proud to announce our partnership with @NuwuCannabis!
The first professional sports team in the U.S. to partner with a marijuana dispensary.
ONLY. IN. VEGAS. pic.twitter.com/ItGhT7a4vn
— Las Vegas Lights FC (@lvlightsfc) April 13, 2018
Did you read something that’s a little different and worthy of a shout out? Let us know and stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for Sunday’s coverage of FC Cincinnati vs Bethlehem Steel FC.