CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati will play preseason matches in the Tri-State against United Soccer League foes Nashville SC and Sacramento Republic FC as well as the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University.
The seven-match preseason schedule also includes Florida showdowns with Major League Soccer side New England Revolution and USL foe Tampa Bay Rowdies and a second meeting with Indy Eleven, which joins the USL this year, in Indianapolis.
“We are very excited to get to work with the group of players that we have assembled this off-season,” said Coach Alan Koch. “We have some excellent returning players and new signees and 2018 promises to be an exciting year. We have an important preseason ahead of us and know the importance of every training session and preseason match in ensuring that we instill the right mentality and a system of play within our squad."
The Orange and Blue opens the preseason at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, for the third straight year with matches against the Revolution on Feb. 6 and the Rowdies on Feb. 10. Both matches will be non-ticketed and are expected to be live streamed.
FC Cincinnati will visit Indy Eleven on Feb. 22 for a 1:30 p.m. match-up at the Grand Park Event Center in another non-ticketed event. FCC and Indy Eleven played to a 1-1 draw in a 2016 preseason friendly.
Then the Orange and Blue will go collegiate to play NKU at NKU Soccer Stadium at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27. NKU will sell $5 general admission tickets through Ticketmaster or at the Alice Sparks Box Office at BB&T Arena beginning Jan. 29. NKU Soccer Stadium seats 1,000 people and fans are encouraged to purchase early. For additional information, visit nkunorse.com.
FCC returns to the UC campus for its final three preseason matches beginning with Nashville at 4 p.m. on March 3 and UC at 7:30 p.m. on March 7. Both matches will be at Gettler Stadium adjacent to Nippert Stadium.
The preseason ends against Sacramento at 4 p.m. March 10 at Nippert Stadium.
Tickets for the fixture against the Bearcats will be $5 and sold online through UC Athletics. Cash parking will available at the Corry and Calhoun garages.
Season-ticket members will have priority to purchase tickets for Nashville (up to 4 per account) and Sacramento beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 12. Tickets for Nashville will be $5. Tickets for Sacramento will be general admission with seats in the lower bowl at $10 and Pavilion seats at $20. Remaining seats will be made available to the general public beginning Feb. 14.
Proceeds from both matches will go to the FCC Community Fund. For more information, contact the FCC sales team at fccincinnati.com/tickets or call 513-977-KICK.