FC Cincinnati announced as the next expansion club in MLS

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FC Cincinnati announced as the next expansion club in MLS

Major League Soccer has welcomed FCCincinnati to its ever-expanding family.

The second-division United Soccer League side made the announcement that they would be joining MLS, withMLS confirming that the club would begin play in 2019 to become the Warrick Dunn Jerseys league's 24th team.

FC Cincinnati is actually the 26thannounced franchise in the league, and.

MLS has stated previously it intends to get up to 28 teams, so the door Jalen Mayfield Jerseys is not yet closed on Sacramento or Detroit, the other citiesin the running for expansion.

FC Cincinnati has become known for its sizable crowds andhad a memorable run to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals in 2017, losing to the New York Red Bulls Vic Beasley Jerseys in extra-time after surrendering a 2-0 lead in the second half.

The franchise averaged over 21,000 fans per game in 2017.

MLS Commi sioner Don Garber, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, FCC majority owner Carl H. Lindner III and club president Desmond Ridder T Shirts Jeff Berding were all on hand to make the announcement.

The club will continue under the same FC Cincinnati name when it joins MLS next season and will play at Nippert Stadium, home of theUniversity of Cincinnati,until the clubs 21,000-seat soccer stadium in the city's West End neighborhood is completed in 2021.

Major League Soccer is proud to introduce Cincinnati as our 26th team, said Garber said. The rise of Cincinnati as a pa sionate soccer market in recent years, coinciding with Keith Brooking Jerseys the citys growing economy and reputation as a top destination for young profe sionals makes it an ideal city for our growing league. We congratulate Carl Lindner and his partners, and also the soccer fans of Cincinnati, who have pa sionately supported FC Cincinnati in the USL.

Cincinnati becomes the16th club tohave joined MLS since 2005, and the league will announce which conference the club will compete in Mykal Walker Jerseys sometime in the coming months.