December 20, 2018 at 12:30 pm #30705
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MLS released its schedule of home openers on Thursday, December 20th at noon. With that news, FC Cincinnati fans learned that their first three games will be against the some of the best competition that MLS has to offer.
Saturday, 3/2/19 – 10:00 PM ET – Seattle Sounders vs. FC Cincinnati (CenturyLink Field)
Sunday, 3/10/19 – 5:00 PM ET – Atlanta United vs. FC Cincinnati (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
Sunday, 3/17/19 – HOME OPENER -5:00 PM ET – FC Cincinnati vs. Portland Timbers (Nippert Stadium)
The full MLS schedule should be released shortly after January 1st, 2019.
What do you think about the first three games and the teams the Orange & Blue will face?
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Well, we wanted to be in the first division right? Here it is. The two MLS Cup final teams plus perennial contender, Seattle Sounders. Those are probably the three best fan bases in the league prior to 2019 as well. The excitement will be through the roof and the banter should be immense. And while there’s a good chance we won’t come out of these games with a lot of points, they aren’t games you’d necessarily earmark to get a lot of points from anyway. So, no real damage is done if the first two are losses. Then, we’ve got a decent chance to ride the momentum of the Nippert crowd and a sense of urgency going into week 3 versus Portland. Regardless, this is the beginning of a very fun ride.December 20, 2018 at 12:52 pm #30713
2018: LAFC got out of the gate with a 2-1-0 record (6 pts), all three on the road. First win was the opener at Seattle (1-0), but they later got creamed at Atlanta, 5-0.
2017: Minnesota got out of the gate weak with a 0-2-1 record (1 pt.), getting thrashed at Portland to start the season, then a 6-1 lambasting at home against Atlanta. Atlanta started with a 2-1 loss at home to New York Red Bulls, but then won the next two games (6 pts.)
2015: Orlando and NYCFC faced each other to start the season and drew 1-1. NYCFC later won 2-0 in their home opener and drew 0-0 at Colorado (5 pts.), while Orlando beat Houston on the road and lost at home to Vancouver (4 pts.)
So a loss in the first three games feels expected, likely on the road to Atlanta as the banner’s lifted. Seattle’s been hit or miss at their home opener–they were the first team to welcome Philly in 2010 (2-0 win) at LAFC this past year (0-1 loss). Probably results in a draw at best there.
A win in the home opener is no guarantee, but it’s possible. Portland has lost their first visits to Eastern Conference foes the past 3 seasons, so the door could be open.
If FCC starts with 3 points in the first three games, I’ll be happy. It will be a tall task, but I’ll be happy.December 20, 2018 at 1:48 pm #30718
I love the competition, and this is where we wanted to be right?
The good is we will get a quick barometer on how well FC Cincinnati’s inaugural roster will fare.
The hope is if FCC can scratch out 3 to 4 points (possible draw away and win at home) to start the season.
The uh-oh will be if the team gets skunked and enters the league with 0 points through the first 3 matches. That will be a tough hole to climb out of.
Adi versus his former team in the home opener will be added intrigue.
Good thing the defense continues to strengthen; let’s go find that playmaker in the midfield. The importance of a strong preseason can not be overstated.December 20, 2018 at 1:50 pm #30719
And Garza returning to Atlanta Week 2. The pop for that might be deafening.