CINCINNATI – Football fans paint the city of Orange and Blue to celebrate the meteoric rise of FC Cincinnati and become the third major league sports franchise of the Queen City
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber will announce that FC Cincinnati will join the league in 2019 – one year ahead of schedule – as he takes the club to the league at 17:30 in the Rheingeist brewery in Over-the-Rhine
The stage stands and the loudest, proudest FC Cincinnati fans from "The Bailey" have packed into the Rhenish taproom to cheer the big celebration.
WATCH THE FOLLOWERS 'ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE RHYST GESTRIST IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE.
Fountain Square is hosting a free, public watchman party with even more to come Celebrations and celebrations follow 9 o'clock Hundreds, perhaps thousands of passionate and loud fans of FC Cincinnati, who have set a record attendance after the record at UC Nippert Stadium, are expected at the celebration on the square.
FC Cincinnati and its fans get their cake and eat it too on a historic day of football and sports in Queen City. While everyone knew that the MLS invitation would come, the only question was whether FC Cincinnati would join next year or in 2020, when it was originally slotted.
The League wanted to play one of their three new franchises next year FC Cincinnati seemed better positioned than Nashville or Miami. That should give FC Cincinnati a competitive edge in identifying and signing players for the other two clubs.
The club could also officially announce a new name. FC Cincinnati plans to rebrand as the Football Club Cincinnati (of Futbol Club Cincinnati) for MLS in honor of the city's German heritage.
Mayor John Cranley, who proclaimed it "Orange and Blue Day," will speak on the invitation-only announcement, along with Carl Lindner III, the club's managing owner and CEO, and Jeff Berding, president and general manager of the club Long, tough negotiations were made so that the club could build a football stadium in the West End.
. @fccincinnati fans ready for the official announcement that the team will join 2019 @MLS . pic.twitter.com/3tckEe9dkA
– Amanda Seitz (@ AmandaSeitz1) May 29, 2018
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Fearful fans gathered before lunch on Tuesday before the Rhine ghost and were looking forward to the announcement. Dozens of members of the FC Cincinnati fan organizations – including Downtown, the Pride, the Legion, Queen City Firm and the Bailey Bast ds – were invited to share the announcement in the Rheingeist taproom. They will be on both sides of the stage for the 30-minute program, and we expect it to be much livelier and louder than the one in Nashville last December.
The MLS announcement will begin with introductions of ESPN football analysts Taylor Twellman and Adrian Healey. Lindner, Garber and Lindner will then go on stage together with Berding and Cranley. Berding will take a seat on the podium and welcome Garber, known for his Twitter handle @TheSoccerDon.
Garber will put the team's scarf, the age-old traditional football symbol, around Lindner's neck. After Lindner's speech, a two-minute video will show highlights of the meteoric rise of FC Cincinnati after joining the United Soccer League in 2016.
Cranley will then present his proclamation to Lindner, followed by an MLS video, which FC Cincinnati welcomes the league.
– John Cranley (@JohnCranley) May 25, 2018 
After the formal announcement, the focus may be on the construction of the FC Cincinnati's $ 250 million football stadium to be hosted at today's Stargel Stadium behind Taft High School as well as a new 10 million Stargel stadium of the football club
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The football club says it will pay for the new 21,000 stadiums and the $ 150 million MLS franchise fee. The total cost of FC Cincinnati, after payments instead of taxes on Cincinnati Public Schools and promises to West End community programs, which are included in a charitable agreement, could reach nearly $ 400 million. The city, county and state are investing more than $ 50 million in infrastructure.
Before the new West End Stadium opens, the football team is expected to continue playing at Nippert Stadium in 2021, where it has thrilled its first fans and has made thousands more since its first game in 2016.
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Anyone other than Lindner and perhaps Aaron Kohlhepp could have predicted that it would take less than three years from the conception of the minor league club
It was August 12, 2015, when Lindner announced his plan to bring a team to the then third league United Soccer League. Since the Cincinnati billionaire never plays a minor league, it was clear, if not stated, that MLS was his target.
And he came up with a plan to do that.
"Our goal for FC Cincinnati is to win a passionate and loyal fan base with the best product on the field and the best experience in the stands," said Lindner on the summer day 33 months ago.
And that's exactly what FC Cincinnati has done.
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The club has immediately won the love and passion of a football-starved city with one of the largest youth player groups in the US and the fans have sold Cincinnati as a football city to MLS, not just by purchasing tickets, but with their enthusiastic Singing, marching, flag waving and orange-and-blue smoke pots.
In its first season, 2016, FC Cincinnati gained international attention by selling off Nippert Stadium (35,061 football fields) for a friendly match with English Premier League team Crystal Palace. It was a record for a football game in Ohio. Other national and international successes followed last year, when FC Cincinnati defeated two MLS teams to reach the semi-finals in the US Open Cup and drew three crowds of more than 30,000 fans.
The FC Cincinnati visit is also regularly larger for league games than in most MLS games.
On the way, Cincinnati was named "Soccer City USA" by USSoccer.com and praised by the national football media (19659002) Ask yourself what Aaron Kohlhepp's got to do with it?
Kohlhepp was the original owner of the Rheinehaus Sports Bar in Over-the-Rhine (not to be confused with Rheingeist Brewery, a few blocks away). In a WCPO.com 2016 article, Kohlhepp said football fans have packed their bar to watch FC Cincinnati's first game, a 1-0 win at Charleston Battery.
"We knew we would get a lot of people I never thought it would be shoulder to shoulder," Kohlhepp said. "It was very reminiscent of US games for the last World Cup, when we had wall to wall, to see that the national excitement for a local team is quite impressive."
Kohlhepp said he knew that FC Cincinnati despite the crowded sports scene with the Reds, Bengals, Xavier and the University of Cincinnati would get a good following. He said he had opened Rhinehaus three years earlier as a football bar because he and his partners had seen a niche for it.
Kohlhepp said he saw a football community in Cincinnati "that has been here for a long time and did not have much
" It brings football fans out of the woodwork that may not have been so public before, "Kohlhepp said FC Cincinnati: "It's great to see that FC Cincinnati can fill that gap and that the fans are behind it."
Soon, Kohlhepp's customers – and all tri-state football fans – will beat FC Cincinnati every week against the top Clubs play in America
Welcome to the big leagues, Cincinnati
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