FC Cincinnati gets unexpected home game in fourth round of U.S. Open Cup

Minnesota United FC gives up home field

CINCINNATI – A fortunate turn of events is giving FC Cincinnati an unexpected home game in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 6.

After the initial draw made Minnesota United FC the host team, officials of the Major League Soccer club informed U.S. Soccer that they had only applied to host possible Round of 16 and Quarterfinal matches because of a lack of a suitable venue on the scheduled date.

As a result, U.S. Soccer has moved the game to Nippert Stadium.

Season Ticket Members can buy tickets (starting at $15)  through 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 30. Season Ticket Members can secure their same seat locations and/or purchase additional tickets.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting at 1 p.m. ET on May 30. All Nippert Stadium hospitality areas are also available for purchase by contacting the FCC Ticket Staff at 513-977-KICK (5425).

The winner of the June 6 match will advance to the Round of 16. U.S. Soccer will conduct the draw for the Round of 16 and Quarterfinal matches on June 7.  

FC Cincinnati will try to repeat last year’s success against MLS clubs in the Open Cup. Last year, the Orange and Blue beat two MLS teams, Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire, at home before losing to a third MLS team, New York Red Bulls, in the semifinals at Nippert.

FC Cincinnati (8-2-2 overall, 6-2-2 in the United Soccer League) has never played Minnesota United FC (4-7-1 in MLS).

Fourth-round pairings were announced Thursday. The Crew (7-3-3) hosts the Fire (3-6-2) in Columbus on June 6. Twelve MLS clubs are matched against nine USL and three amateur teams with eight more MLS clubs going head to head.

SEE the complete pairings.

FC Cincinnati got an impressive 3-1 third-round victory in Pittsburgh Wednesday night over its USL foe, the Riverhounds. The Riverhounds had not allowed a goal on their home pitch this season.

Jimmy McLaughlin, Lance Laing and Daniel Haber scored for the Orange and Blue while goalkeeper Spencer Richey made four saves.

FC Cincinnati had tied the Riverhounds 2-2 at Nippert Stadium on April 21.

Before meeting Minnesota United, FC Cincinnati has a grudge match with Louisville City FC on Saturday at Nippert Stadium. FC Cincinnati lost to Louisville 1-0 at Nippert on April 7.

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