Do not panic, it’s just preseason

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Over the last month or so, FC Cincinnati have been subject to a few choice words and phrases from “fans” on twitter and instagram after losses in close door scrimmages against former USL rivals Louisville City FC and Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

“Good job @fccincinnati literally anyone and everyone will score on you” – middle aged man who found out about soccer during the pandemic.

This was not the brightest moment for our club even if it was just a preseason game. On paper it was, but in the hearts of the fans, this was a must win game. Going into this game, I knew we needed to win, as the big brother to this club in Louisville, we needed to blow them out of the water physically, mentally, and on the scoresheet. Boy was I wrong. FCC lost 3-0 at home against LCFC and then later crapped the bed against Pittsburgh 2-1.

We are NOT professionals

Fans. The fans need to know that this is not the end of the world and this was at the beginning of preseason and the club was still testing out a few roles like former winger Joe Gyau now playing a defensive wing back position and playing in the back four and other new players into the system like Brenner, Acotsa, and Calvin Harris.

FC Cincinnati Capos gather in a huddle before the pre match march to The Bailey (JES Photography, Joe Schmuck)

What we can take away from this is that the club is experimenting. As the last few seasons have shown, it has been a rocky first few years for FCC in MLS and it is nice that we made it through a preseason with our coach *cough cough Ron Jans*. FCC did beat the Chicago fire in preseason 2-1 and it was a good match and all of the pieces were there. I think there is obviously still more to be done but we cannot let this get to us.

PRESEASON, this is the preseason. Still time left to go before FCC takes on Nashville SC (who whooped LCFC 4-0) and we play them at Nissan Stadium. It will be a good match and I am excited. There is no reason to panic about losing to some bad clubs in the USL because it doesn’t matter. Period point blank.

FCC (and I) travel to Nashville to take on Nashville SC at 8:30pm EST on ESPN + and Local 12.

Predictions: 2-1 FCC; Brenner with a stoppage time goal to win it, as long as Guido Gonzales Jr. isn’t the referee.