FC Cincinnati

Bethlehem Steel FC

Goliath, and little David from Bethlehem

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Head coach Brendan Burke modestly understated the matter when he described his most recent opponent as a big-budget, fully-resourced side. While they lost a third game to them Saturday, the two previous clean sheet victories deserve remembrance and praise.

Match report: FC Cincinnati 2-1 Bethlehem Steel FC

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Lightning struck, literally. The Steel lost 2-1 in Cincinnati after the final minutes of the game were called off following a lengthy weather delay.

Match preview: Bethlehem Steel FC vs FC Cincinnati

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Steel visits Cincy for the third meeting between the two teams this year

Match: Bethlehem Steel FC vs FC Cincinnati (again!)

Date: Saturday, May 20th

Time: 7:00 PM Eastern

Venue: Nippert Stadium (University of Cincinnati)

Refs: REF- Malik Badawi AR1- Walter Heatherly AR2- Nait Hegerty 4TH- Kevin Fikar


Steel All Time vs FCC (W-L-T): 2-2-0

What Cincy will look like: Cincinnati has needed a "Signature Win" for awhile now.

Player of the week: Hugh Roberts

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Bethlehem's match with Cincinnati came down to a dramatic conclusion, as Hugh Roberts headed home the winner in the 87'. Combined with a stellar defensive performance, it was enough for Roberts to earn PSP's player of the week.

Match recap: Bethlehem Steel FC 1, FC Cincinnati 0

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Hugh Roberts scores as Steel take the season series against Cincy

"I wouldn't have marked those two off as wins, so yeah, we're happy with that." I know I should probably lead with some sort of phrase that I come up with, or maybe talk about a really nice team effort. That being said, Brendan Burke's above quote reflects just about everyone's feelings towards these games.

Bethlehem Steel FC clinical in win against FC Cincinnati

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Seku Conneh delivers as Steel coasts to 2-0 win

Bethlehem Steel FC finally had a game go their way. Sure, FC Cincinnati was unlucky with a non-contact injury ending Justin Hoyte's night after 15 minutes and a red card shown to Paul Nicholson. That being said, seeing Steel FC finally play out a win with some professional possession and burying two chances for the first time since JULY 14th was a pleasure.

Match preview: Bethlehem Steel FC vs. FC Cincinnati

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Bethlehem take on FC Cincy for the first of three times Sunday afternoon.

Match: Bethlehem Steel FC vs. FC Cincinnati

Date: Sunday, April 9th

Time: 4:00pm EST

Venue: Murray H Goodman Stadium

Officials: REF- Jorge Gonzalez AR1- Daniel Richman AR2- Kevin Lock 4TH- Lorant Varga


Steel All Time vs.

In Pictures: Bethlehem Steel FC 1-2 FC Cincinnati

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PSP photographer Paul Rudderow was on hand Sunday afternoon as the Bethlehem Steel FC was defeated in the inaugural home opener by FC Cincinnati.

Recap: Bethlehem Steel FC 1, FC Cincinnati 2

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Not the ideal result but there's a good bit to take from this match

Windy conditions didn't help, but ultimately Bethlehem had their inaugural home opener ruined by FC Cincinnati 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. In a match that saw a little bit of everything we'll start by breaking down the first half.

Brief recap and postgame quotes: Bethlehem Steel FC 1-2 FC Cincinnati

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Despite a furious finish, Bethlehem fell short in their inaugural home opener.

Match Preview: Bethlehem Steel FC vs FC Cincinnati

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Bethlehem Steel FC will play at Goodman Stadium for the first time against fellow expansion side FC Cincinnati

If you've ever seen the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania they aren't exactly the most beautiful things. Sure the city has done a nice job of putting up planters and a walkway and a bit of an entertainment district around these behemoth structures, but they Stacks themselves?

Richmond Kickers

Chris Korb makes the difference in Richmond Kickers 1-1 draw

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The D.C. United veteran nabbed an assist in his first game back

The Richmond Kickers were able to hold on and earn a point at City Stadium Saturday night. Facing off against a stout FC Cincinnati squad, an early Richmond goal was matched in the second half by the visiting team, leaving the Kickers at 2-4-1 on the season.

USL Look Ahead: Week 2

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After a very successful opening weekend for the new second division league, Week 2 seeks to deliver further entertainment for the USL.

Saturday opens the slate with several compelling matches to watch. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC Cincinnati clash in a regional rivalry match after the former tied in a shootout in week one with the New York Red Bulls II, who themselves will face the Richmond Kickers.

Richmond Kickers equalize in epic fashion against FC Cincinnati

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Defender Hugh Roberts scored in the 94th minute to earn a point on the road

Having not won a match since May 18, the Richmond Kickers faced a tough challenge against FC Cincinnati, who have done well in their debut season. Both teams were eliminated from U.S. Open Cup play by NASL clubs last week, meaning each wanted to bounce back from poor tournament performances with a league win.

Sean Okoli

Seattle Sounders send Victor Mansaray on loan to FC Cincinnati

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The 19-year-old forward will spend at least part of 2017 playing in the USL's Eastern Conference.

FC Cincinnati announced that they have signed Seattle's United States U20 international on loan in preparation for the 2017 season. The move sends Victor Mansaray to an independent USL club where he will be fighting for playing time based purely on his performance rather than notions of potential.

Sounders Academy product named USL MVP

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Sean Okoli led the USL in scoring for FC Cincinnati.

Former Seattle Sounders and Academy product Sean Okoli was announced as the 2016 USL MVP today. The Federal Way native is in his first year with FC Cincinnati after spending 2015 with the New England Revolution, following a trade that netted the Sounders goalkeeper Tyler Miller.

Sean Okoli continues to score unreal goals in USL

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The former Revolution forward has scored another goal that you have to see to believe.

Sean Okoli, we hardly knew ye.

After signing with the New England Revolution ahead of the 2015 season, Okoli offered 46 first-team minutes over five appearances. The striker spent the off-season training with Revolution affiliate Sporting CP (Portugal) but was waived on Feb.

Former Revolution player shows off skills, scores goal

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Former Revolution forward Sean Okoli scored for FC Cincinnati.

It didn't take long for Sean Okoli to make an impact with his new team.

The former New England Revolution forward started for FC Cincinnati (USL) this weekend, contributing 74 minutes before making way for Antoine Hoppenot.

Former Revolution and Sounders Striker on Trial with FC Cincinnati

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Sean Okoli is looking for his third club in as many years.

Former New England Revolution striker Sean Okoli is on trial with FC Cincinnati of USL, according to the club's Director of Communications D.J. Switzer.

The 23-year-old originally signed with the Revs on Jan. 19, 2015 after being acquired during a draft day trade with the Seattle Sounders.

City Islanders

Match Preview: City Islanders FC at Wilmington Hammerheads

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City Islanders FC look to build on their Open Cup victory as they return to USL league action away against the Wilmington Hammerheads.

Game: City Islanders FC at Wilmington Hammerheads

Date: Friday June 3

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Legion Stadium - Wilmington, NC

Referees: REF: MARK KADLECIK, AR1: Ryan Graves, AR2: Justin Finger, 4TH: Erick M.

Match Preview: City Islanders FC at FC Cincinnati

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After two home wins in a row, City Islanders FC travel to Ohio to play FC Cincinnati in front of a record-setting crowd at Nippert Stadium.

Game: City Islanders FC at FC Cincinnati

Date: Saturday, May 28

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Nippert Stadium

Referees: REF: KEVIN TERRY JR, AR1: Britton Maier, AR2: Matthew Fotia, 4TH: Shane Richards


City Islanders FC will play FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH on Saturday, May 28 at 7:00pm.

The Rest

Fire down FC Cincinnati 3-2, remain undefeated in preseason

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Being able to carry over preseason success to the regular season is something the Fire haven't been able to do over the last several seasons. With their most difficult test ahead of them against Toronto FC on Saturday, the Fire have managed to emerge victorious from every first team match they started so far.

D.C. United’s Academy has a new director

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The Black-and-Red have got a good one here.

D.C. United announced today that they have hired Ryan Martin, formerly of FC Cincinnati, as their new academy director. He replaces Nolan Sheldon, who has been promoted to one of Ben Olsen's assistant coaches for the senior team. Dave Kasper had this to say about the hire:

Ryan has a proven track record of identifying, attracting and developing top talent.

MLS commissioner Garber says FC Cincinnati is high on expansion list

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MLS commissioner Don Garber has a list for potential expansion cities, and it seems like Cincinnati is a leading candidate.

According tothe Cincinnati Enquirer, Garbersaid that FC Cincinnati's owners are high on the aforementioned expansion list and that MLS will closely monitor the team's progress.

Report: Don Garber to visit, hold public event in Cincinnati

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After what has already been a successful season for new USL club FC Cincinnati, MLS commissioner Don Garber seems to be showing some interest in the city as an MLS market.

Garber will visit Cincinnati Nov. 29 to speak at a public event, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Monday afternoon.

Match Preview: FC Cincinnati at Harrisburg City Islanders

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The City Islanders kick off the first of two home games this weekend against expansion club FC Cincinnati.

Game: FC Cincinnati at Harrisburg City Islanders

Date: Saturday, May 7th

Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: FNB Field

Referees: REF: DAVE BRECKNER, AR1: Daniel Richman, AR2: Ryan Dos Reis, 4TH: Terrence Mull


Harrisburg City Islanders return home to host FC Cincinnati at FNB Field on City Island in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday at 7:00pm.

Around the Forest: Living the Dream

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 5/05/16.

From the Wide World of Soccer:

Borrowing from the European model, LA Galaxy opens the first club affiliated full-time high school academy. I can't wait for the zany 21 Jump Street antics to begin once a 39-year-old Arjen Robben, and 42-year-old Miroslav Klose are enrolled in a few years.

Match Preview: Steel FC vs Red Bulls II

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It should be another physical battle when Steel take on NYRB II at Red Bull Arena tomorrow night.

Bethlehem Steel will travel to Red Bull Arena tomorrow in hopes of righting the ship after a somewhat disappointing home opener that saw the side drop three points to FC Cincinnati. There's a lot of interesting things to look out for here in terms of players and future MLS standouts for both the Union and Red Bull affiliate clubs.

Cruz says goodbye; Berry, Bone sign for USL expansion team

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While the Union sleep on announcements, Danny Cruz says goodbye to the fans and FC Cincinnati announces the signings of Austin Berry and Corben Bone.

Despite Monday being the deadline to announce contract options, the Philadelphia Union have been silent as to who is staying and who is going.

John Harkes eager for challenge at USL expansion side FC Cincinnati

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FC Cincinnati's John Harkes
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Former U.S. Men's National Team midfielder John Harkes' playing credentials are well known: first American to play in the English Premier League, two FIFA World Cup teams, two MLS Cups with D.