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Next three games of FC Cincinnati's regular-season schedule unveiled

September 11, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Cincinnati News Release

CINCINNATI - Major League Soccer today announced the 2020 MLS regular season schedule through the end of September, as well as Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs qualification and competition format.

Following Saturday's match at New York City FC, FC Cincinnati have learned their next three opponents. The Orange and Blue will play the Philadelphia Union for the first time this season and will play the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC for the third and second times, respectively.

Additional 2020 MLS regular season matches will be announced pending further developments regarding travel protocols.

Similar to the first three home matches of FC Cincinnati's season, fans will not be permitted inside the premises for the home match against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Additional information regarding the following home matches will be announced in the near future.

All FC Cincinnati matches not televised nationally will be carried regionally on WSTR Star 64 and on the radio on WDJO. Matches not televised nationally will be streamed at fccincinnati.com/stream throughout the club's designated regional broadcast territory.

In addition to announcing regular season match details through September, MLS also today confirmed qualification details and the competition format for the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs.

The Audi MLS Cup Playoffs will again consist of single-elimination matches hosted by the higher-seeded team and follow a straight bracket format through MLS Cup on Dec.12.

As previously announced, in an expansion of the postseason for 2020, 18 clubs will compete in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. Eight teams from the 12-team Western Conference will qualify directly to Round 1. The top six seeds from the 14-team Eastern Conference will qualify directly to Round 1. Eastern Conference seeds 7-10 will each compete in a play-in match (No. 7 vs. No. 10, and No. 8 vs. No. 9) to determine the two additional Eastern Conference teams that will qualify for the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs Round 1.

The lower-seeded advancing team will face the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed in Round 1, while the higher-seeded advancing team will face the Eastern Conference No. 2 seed.

The Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs schedule and broadcast details will be announced at a later date.

The Schedule Make-Up

FC Cincinnati will open the upcoming four-game stretch with an away match at New York City FC on Saturday, Sept. 12. The Orange and Blue will seek to earn at least a point against NYCFC for the first time in the club's third-ever meeting.

Following the match against New York City FC, FCC will play their first of their three newly announced matches at the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, Sept. 19. FCC are 1-1-0 against the New York Red Bulls this season. In the most recent meeting between the two sides, FCC claimed a 2-0 win in the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament

The Orange and Blue will then return home for a mid-week match against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, Sept. 23. It will be the first meeting between the two clubs this season. FCC will conclude the newly announced matches with a repeat road fixture at New York City FC on Saturday, Sept. 26.

2020 FC Cincinnati Regular Season Schedule

Date Opponent (Nat'l TV) Location Kickoff

Saturday, Sept. 12 at New York City FC Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.) 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19 at New York Red Bulls Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.) 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 Philadelphia Union Nippert Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio) 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 26 at New York City FC Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.) 7 p.m.

FC Cincinnati will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 12, when the team travels to Red Bull Arena to play New York City FC. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised on WSTR 64, carried on the radio on WDJO (99.5 FM, 107.9 FM and 1480 AM), streamed regionally on fccincinnati.com/stream, out of market on ESPN+, while an audio stream will be available at TuneIn (WDJO) and fccincinnati.com.

For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team's official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team's official mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.

Information about seating options at the club's state-of-the-art West End Stadium - which will open in Spring 2021 - is now available at westendstadium.com. Season ticket deposits for traditional reserved seating will open on Monday, Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. For more information about 2021 season memberships, visit westendstadium.com or the stadium's social properties on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @WestEndStadium, or by calling the team's sales and service staff at 513-977-5425.


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