FC Cincinnati Gives Local Soccer Fans a Home Team to Support



Photography by Daniel Smyth

Our city is known for its wide array of professional sports and FC Cincinnati, a start-up professional soccer team, has recently joined the roster. 

FC Cincinnati officially began its inaugural season on March 26 in Charleston, South Carolina, but the team has already generated a lot of excitement with impressive preseason wins. Their much-anticipated home opener is April 9 against the Charlotte Independence. The team will play its home games at the renovated Nippert Stadium on the University of Cincinnati campus.  

Corporate partnerships are an integral piece to the success of FC Cincinnati. 

“We have aspirations of being a top club in our league and ultimately of earning an invitation to become a Major League Soccer expansion franchise,” says Jeff Berding, president and general manager of FC Cincinnati. “To get there, we need to draw 10,000 fans a game and secure the backing of the top businesses in the region.” 

U.S. Bank stepped forward as a corporate partner shortly after FC Cincinnati announced the franchise launch in August 2015. 

“This is just the type of partnership we look to form in our community,” says Mike Prescott, U.S. Bank market president. “Our bank is committed to creating lasting relationships with those organizations that strive to make Cincinnati a vibrant place to live, work and play.” 

Those conversations are proliferating and excitement is building for Cincinnati’s first soccer team to play in the United Soccer League. Inspired by the passion seen in soccer worldwide, FC Cincinnati plans to produce a fan experience that is second-to-none. 

“Soccer is the sport of today’s youth and can be a compelling jewel in our Queen City’s crown,” says Berding. “We want to immediately demonstrate that Cincinnati can support a top-level soccer franchise and ensure that our hometown is not left on the sidelines.” 

Randi Bellner, the U.S Bank market leader of the Private Client Reserve, adds, “as a newcomer to Cincinnati and having a great passion for soccer, FC Cincinnati is just another bonus as we integrate into our new home and community. I was quite pleased when I arrived in October for my new position to learn that the bank was an early and generous corporate sponsor.  My family and I can’t wait to attend the games and experience the growth of this team.” 

FC Cincinnati is located at 14 East 4th Street, Third Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202. For more information, call 513.977.KICK or visit their website at www.fccincinnati.com.

U.S. Bank is located at 425 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. You can reach them at 513.632.2583 or visit their website at www.usbank.com.