CINCINNATI – After advancing through the first round of the USL Cup Playoffs, FC Cincinnati will now host the Eastern Conference Semifinal next Saturday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. at Nippert Stadium. They will face No. 5 seed New York Red Bulls II.
Tickets for FC Cincinnati’s Eastern Conference Semifinal will start at $10 and will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. They will be available at fccincinnati.com/tickets or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK).
Season Ticket Members have an exclusive window to reserve their season seats until 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Season Ticket Member seats not reserved by that time will be dropped for the game and will be opened up for sale to the general public an hour later. STMs can also add additional seats to their account during this window.
Additionally, Season Ticket Members who opted into to an automatic purchase for the next round of the playoffs have until 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, to opt out. Season Ticket Members who remain opted in will see their credit cards on file charged and the purchase processed on Tuesday morning.
FCC advanced to the next weekend’s semifinal round after a thrilling game earlier tonight. After a scoreless game through 90 minutes, Cincinnati and Nashville SC played a 30-minute extra-time session.
Corben Bone staked the Orange and Blue to a 1-0 lead in the 95th minute after interplay at the top of the box between him and the club’s other two original players, Kenney Walker and Jimmy McLaughlin. FCC seemingly had the game in hand until Nashville defender Bradley Bourgeois saw his shot in a scramble deflected up and over an outstretched Spencer Richey to level the score at 1-1 in the 115th minute.
Still tied at 1-1 after extra time, the teams advanced to penalty kicks. Both teams made their first five attempts and they moved to sudden-death rounds. Nashville, shooting first, saw their sixth shooter – defender Justin Davis – sky his attempt over Richey’s crossbar. Walker then stepped up and converted his attempt, going opposite of Nashville goalkeeper Matt Pickens, to send FC Cincinnati through to the semifinal round.
This marks the first time FC Cincinnati has advanced to the second round of the USL Cup Playoffs, having suffered first-round losses in each of its first two seasons.
The top overall seed in the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs, FC Cincinnati has earned the right to host every round it plays at home at Nippert Stadium, up to and including the USL Cup Championship. Should FCC continue to advance, all games will be played at Nippert Stadium:
- Eastern Conference Semifinal: Saturday, Oct. 27 | 4 p.m.
- Eastern Conference Championship: Friday, Nov. 2 | 7:30 p.m.
- USL Cup: Thursday, Nov. 8 | 8 p.m. | ESPN2
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. For more information about FC Cincinnati tickets, call 513-977-KICK (5425) or visit fccincinnati.com/tickets.