2018 FC Cincinnati season

The 2018 FC Cincinnati season is the club's third season of existence, and their third in the United Soccer League (USL). It is FC Cincinnati's second season as a second-tier team in the U.S. soccer pyramid, as the United States Soccer Federation provisionally promoted the USL from Division III to Division II for the 2017 season. FC Cincinnati plays in the Eastern Conference of the USL.

FC Cincinnati
2018 season
General ManagerJeff Berding
Head CoachAlan Koch
StadiumNippert Stadium
U.S. Open Cup4th round
Top goalscorerEmmanuel Ledesma (16)
Highest home attendance31,478
(September 29 vs. Indy)
Lowest home attendance22,532
(May 5 vs. Atlanta 2)
Average home league attendance25,717

This is the final season of the club's USL incarnation. On May 29, 2018, Major League Soccer awarded the FCC ownership group an expansion franchise which will begin play in MLS under the FC Cincinnati name in 2019.[1]

On September 26, 2018, the club clinched their first USL Regular Season Championship with a 4–1 victory over the Richmond Kickers.[2]

Club

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Head Coach Alan Koch
Assistant Coach Yoann Damet
Goalkeeper Coach Jack Stern
Technical Director Luke Sassano
Athletic Trainer Aaron Powell
Strength & Conditioning Austin Berry
UC Health Dr. Angelo Colosimo
Dr. Brian Grawe

Roster

On October 25, 2017, general manager Jeff Berding held a press conference to make the first announcements about the 2018 roster. The return of nine players from 2017 was confirmed at this press conference: Matt Bahner, Kenney Walker, Danni König, Corben Bone, Jimmy McLaughlin, Garrett Halfhill, Justin Hoyte, Sem de Wit, and Josu. Six additional players from the 2017 roster—Austin Berry, Mitch Hildebrandt, Djiby Fall, Harrison Delbridge, Andrew Wiedeman, and Paul Nicholson—were mentioned as still under consideration for 2018, pending contract discussions and future announcements. Berding also confirmed they would not renew contracts or exercise options for any other former players.[3] In the following weeks, Djiby Fall implied he would not be returning via Twitter,[4] and Paul Nicholson announced his retirement from professional soccer.[5]

The club began announcing new signings in November 2017. The team signed Israeli defender Dekel Keinan on November 10,[6] as well as Canadian forward Daniel Haber on November 15.[7]

On April 16, 2018, the club announced they had mutually agreed to part ways with defender Josu.[8]

On April 17, 2018, the club announced they had reach an agreement for the free release of defender Garrett Halfhill. Halfhill subsequently join the New York Cosmos B of the NPSL.[9]

On July 9, 2018, the club announced the free transfer of forward Daniel Haber to Ottawa Fury FC.

On July 30, 2018, forward Fanendo Adi was acquired from the Portland Timbers as the first MLS designated player for FC Cincinnati.[10] The club also announced the acquisition of midfielder Fatai Alashe from the San Jose Earthquakes.[11]

On August 1, 2018, the club announced the acquisition of defender Pa Konate from Serie A S.P.A.L.[12]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Evan Newton  United States
2 Defender Matt Bahner  United States
3 Defender Forrest Lasso  United States
4 Midfielder Tyler Gibson  United States
5 Midfielder Nazmi Albadawi  United States
6 Midfielder Kenney Walker  United States
7 Forward Russell Cicerone  United States
9 Forward Fanendo Adi  Nigeria
10 Forward Emery Welshman  Guyana
11 Forward Danni König  Denmark
12 Defender Pa Konate (on loan from SPAL)  Sweden
13 Midfielder Michael Lahoud  Sierra Leone
16 Midfielder Richie Ryan  Ireland
17 Goalkeeper Mark Village  Canada
18 Goalkeeper Spencer Richey (on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps)  United States
19 Midfielder Corben Bone  United States
20 Midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin  United States
21 Defender Dekel Keinan  Israel
23 Defender Blake Smith  United States
24 Forward Tomi Ameobi  England
27 Midfielder Fatai Alashe (on loan from San Jose Earthquakes)  United States
29 Defender Paddy Barrett  Ireland
32 Defender Justin Hoyte  Trinidad and Tobago
45 Midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma  Argentina
51 Defender Sem de Wit  Netherlands

Competitions

  Win   Draw   Loss

Friendlies

USL

Results Table

Postseason

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Cincinnati (X) 34 23 8 3 72 34 +38 77 Conference Playoffs
2 Louisville City FC (C) 34 19 9 6 71 38 +33 66
3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 34 15 14 5 47 26 +21 59
4 Charleston Battery 34 14 14 6 47 34 +13 56
5 New York Red Bulls II 34 13 13 8 71 59 +12 52
6 Bethlehem Steel FC 34 14 8 12 56 41 +15 50
7 Indy Eleven 34 13 10 11 45 42 +3 49
8 Nashville SC 34 12 13 9 42 31 +11 49
9 North Carolina FC 34 13 8 13 60 50 +10 47
10 Ottawa Fury 34 13 6 15 31 43 12 45
11 Charlotte Independence 34 10 12 12 44 57 13 42
12 Tampa Bay Rowdies 34 11 8 15 44 44 0 41
13 Penn FC 34 9 10 15 38 47 9 37
14 Atlanta United 2 34 7 10 17 37 72 35 31
15 Richmond Kickers 34 6 4 24 30 80 50 22
16 Toronto FC II 34 4 6 24 42 77 35 18
Source: 2018 USL standings
Rules for classification: 1) total wins; 2) total goal differential; 3) total goals scored; 4) points earned against top four Conference finishers; 5) disciplinary points; 6) coin toss or drawing of lots
(C) Champion; (X) Regular Season League Champion.

U.S. Open Cup

References

  1. "Cincinnati awarded MLS expansion club, will start play in 2019". MLSSoccer.com.
  2. "USL REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPIONS". FCCincinnati.com. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. Kimura, Fumi (October 25, 2017). "Nine Return for 2018". FC Cincinnati. Archived from the original on October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  4. Fall, Djiby [@baye_djiby] (October 31, 2017). "Thank Mr carld Jeff. Alan and all the staff my teammates people in the administration and the fantastic fans wish the klub all the best 🙏🙏🙏" (Tweet). Retrieved November 7, 2017 via Twitter.
  5. Kimura, Fumi (November 6, 2017). "Paul Nicholson Announces Retirement". FC Cincinnati. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  6. Kimura, Fumi (November 10, 2017). "FCC Inks Maccabi Haifa Captain Dekel Keinan". FC Cincinnati. Archived from the original on November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  7. Kimura, Fumi (November 15, 2017). "FCC Signs Forward Daniel Haber". FC Cincinnati. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  8. Kimura, Fumi. "FCC JOSU AGREE TO PART WAYS". FCCincinnati.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  9. Switzer, D.J. "FC CINCINNATI RELEASE HALFHILL, JOINS NEW YORK COSMOS". FCCincinnati.com. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  10. "FCC ANNOUNCES ADI AS FIRST MLS DESIGNATED PLAYER". FCCincinnati.com. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  11. "FC CINCINNATI ADDS FATAI ALASHE FROM SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES". FCCincinnati.com. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  12. "FC CINCINNATI TAKES PA KONATE ON LOAN FROM SERIE A'S S.P.A.L". FCCincinnati.com. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
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