CINCINNATI – An expectant crowd of 16,617 had arrived at Nippert Stadium on Saturday afternoon anticipating another victory, and another step toward the USL Cup for FC Cincinnati.
Instead, it was witness to the end of the club’s USL era.
A 1-0 victory by the No. 5-seed New York Red Bulls II over the top-seeded hosts sent the 2016 USL Cup champion through to its third consecutive Eastern Conference Final as Amando Moreno’s goal brought an end to FCC’s 24-game undefeated streak and the club’s USL Cup aspirations.
“Tough match,” said FCC Head Coach Alan Koch. “Disappointing result, obviously. Playoff soccer is very, very unpredictable as tonight showed. A long, quality streak ends tonight, unfortunately.”
Here are some of the sights and sounds from the biggest upset of the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs.
So proud of this team you guys should be proud of all that you accomplished this season cant wait for MLS season next year #FCCincy #hugefan @fccincinnati @folasso @MikeLahoud @LedeManu18 @spencerichey18 @Tyler10Gibson @NewtonEvan13 @PaddyBarrett42 @JackSternGK @Akoch pic.twitter.com/yMxNhazQvk— Shelby Carr (@ShelbyC22869901) October 28, 2018
1) NYRBII outplayed us.— Jennifer Kaufman (@jnkaufman) October 27, 2018
2) It would’ve been so much fun to watch 90 mins of soccer instead of 45. Glad the officials eventually figured things out.
3) I’m super curious to hear from the Adi apologists.
4) What a team!
5) Anyone but Louisville #FCCincy #RiseTogether
Our sorrow runs deep, but our pride runs deeper. We will always continue to support all of our players wherever they go, but we sure hope y'all will stay here with us.@fccincinnati @folasso #FCCincy #Hope #MLS #FaithFamilyFutbol pic.twitter.com/Tt84WnQzzi— Lasso4President (@Lasso4P) October 27, 2018
So proud of ya- can't wait for 2019 #allthelove #chinup #proud #FCCincy #RiseTogether @kimdonohue13 @cincysoccer @DJKrunch513 @cincy_williar @LedeManu18 @DanniKonig @CorbenBone @yennek_reklaw @spencerichey18 @J_McLaughlinIII @PaddyBarrett42 @justinhoyte84@fccincinnati pic.twitter.com/dwVaneyrtf— Ginger Riley (@gingerly21) October 27, 2018