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CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati have announced their preseason schedule for the 2021 MLS season. The Orange and Blue will open preseason in Cincinnati, where they will train through March 22, prior to traveling to Orlando, Fla. for a 12-day trip. FC Cincinnati will conclude preseason preparations at the Mercy Health Training Center. None of FC Cincinnati’s­ preseason matches will be streamed online.


Players who entered the MLS testing protocol ahead of a mandatory seven-day quarantine period – and received full medical clearance – resumed training at the Mercy Health Training Center on Monday morning on a voluntary basis. The first session following the final report date and the subsequent quarantine period featuring all players will take place on March 8.


Following a closed-door match against a Louisville City FC at the Mercy Health Training Center on March 13, FC Cincinnati will play three opponents in Orlando. The Orange and Blue will square off with Chicago Fire FC on March 27, Orlando City SC on March 31 and Minnesota United FC on April 3. All matches will be closed to the general public. Additional opponents may be added at a later date.


FC Cincinnati’s 2021 Preseason Schedule
March 1

Final date for players to report to Cincinnati


Start of team training on voluntary basis


Players have had the opportunity to enter the MLS testing protocol on a voluntary basis since February 17


March 8

All players to be available for training following a mandatory seven-day quarantine period


March 8-12

Training at Mercy Health Training Center


March 13

Closed-door match vs. Louisville City FC at Mercy Health Training Center


March 14-22

Training at Mercy Health Training Center


March 23 – April 3

Orlando, Fla. (Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate)


  • Tuesday, March 23 – Depart for Orlando, Fla.
  • Saturday, March 27 – vs. Chicago Fire FC
  • Wednesday, March 31 – vs. Orlando City SC
  • Saturday, April 3 – vs. Minnesota United FC; Return to Cincinnati


April 4-16

Training at Mercy Health Training Center


April 17

2021 MLS regular season matches begin

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