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FCC Featured in Three Home Opening Matches

January 14, 2018 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - FC Cincinnati News Release

CINCINNATI, OH --- FC Cincinnati will be a part of three home opening matches in 2018 and will kick off the season against Charleston Battery for the third straight year.

In the opening weekend of United Soccer League action, FCC and Charleston Battery will face off at MUSC Health Stadium on Mar. 17. FCC will look to change their luck against the Battery in 2018 with the Orange and Blue trailing in the series 0-3-2.

FCC will then travel to the USL's latest addition, Indy Eleven, on Apr. 1 and kicks off their own home slate on Apr. 7 against Louisville City FC at Nippert Stadium. FCC and Indy Eleven have never met in an official match but did square off in a preseason fixture in 2016 that ended in a 1-1 draw. FCC and LCFC have established a competitive rivalry with FCC holding a 3-2-2 series edge that includes a 1-0 win in the U.S. Open Cup. In league play, the series is tied at 2-2-2.

The complete 2018 schedule will be released at a later date.

Individual game tickets for FCC matches will be available beginning Feb. 12 and 13 at 9:00 a.m. with current season ticket members receiving priority. Available options include single-match tickets, group tickets, six-game mini plans and 12-pack vouchers. Remaining seats will be available to the public beginning Feb. 14 and can be purchased online at // or by calling 513-977-KICK (5425).

The complete list of USL home openers is as follows:

2018 USL Home Openers

Friday, March 16

Rio Grande Valley FC vs. Saint Louis FC

Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Portland Timbers 2

Saturday, March 17

Charleston Battery vs. FC Cincinnati

Charlotte Independence vs. Ottawa Fury FC

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. LA Galaxy II

Fresno FC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC

Louisville City FC vs. Nashville SC

New York Red Bulls II vs. Toronto FC II

North Carolina FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

OKC Energy FC vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC

Orange County SC vs. Phoenix Rising FC

Reno 1868 FC vs. Swope Park Rangers

Sacramento Republic FC vs. San Antonio FC

Sunday, March 18

Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Richmond Kickers

Saturday, March 24

ATL UTD 2 vs. New York Red Bulls II

Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Reno 1868 FC

Nashville SC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Phoenix Rising FC vs. OKC Energy FC

Richmond Kickers vs. Indy Eleven

San Antonio FC vs. Saint Louis FC

Swope Park Rangers vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Bethlehem Steel FC

Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC

Saturday, March 31

Indy Eleven vs. FC Cincinnati

LA Galaxy II vs. San Antonio FC

Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Penn FC

Real Monarchs SLC vs. Portland Timbers 2

Saint Louis FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Toronto FC II vs. Ottawa Fury FC

Saturday, April 7

FC Cincinnati vs. Louisville City FC

Wednesday, April 18

Portland Timbers 2 vs. Rio Grande Valley FC

Saturday, April 21

Penn FC vs. Charleston Battery

Ottawa Fury FC vs. North Carolina FC

Earlier today, the USL announced the 2018 conference alignment with 33 teams divided geographically. Sixteen teams will be in the Eastern Conference with 17 in the West. Saint Louis FC, previous a member of the East will move to the Western Conference and joins expansion clubs Las Vegas Lights FC and Fresno FC.

The Eastern Conference will welcome four new teams this season, with ATL UTD 2, Indy Eleven, Nashville SC and North Carolina FC joining the league.

2018 USL Conference Alignment

Eastern Conference


Charleston Battery

Charlotte Independence

FC Cincinnati

Indy Eleven

Louisville City FC

Nashville SC

New York Red Bulls II

North Carolina FC

Ottawa Fury FC

Penn FC

Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Richmond Kickers

Tampa Bay Rowdies

Toronto FC II

Western Conference

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC

Fresno FC

LA Galaxy II

Las Vegas Lights FC

OKC Energy FC

Orange County SC

Phoenix Rising FC

Portland Timbers 2

Real Monarchs SLC

Reno 1868 FC

Rio Grande Valley FC

Sacramento Republic FC

Saint Louis FC

San Antonio FC

Seattle Sounders FC 2

Swope Park Rangers

Tulsa Roughnecks FC

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