FC Cincinnati to host Louisville City FC in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round


FC Cincinnati are set to host Louisville City FC of the USL Championship in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on April 26 at TQL Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the game will stream on Bleacher Report Football’s YouTube channel and the B/R App.

The Third Round welcomes 18 MLS clubs, including FC Cincinnati, into the annual, single-elimination competition, with the remaining eight MLS clubs joining in the Round of 32. Those clubs include CONCACAF Champions League participants Austin FC, LAFC, Orlando City SC and Philadelphia Union, as well as the top-two teams from each conference, determined by 2022 season standings (FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, NYCFC and New York Red Bulls).

FC Cincinnati will meet their old USL foes for the first time since the 2019 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round, when the Orange and Blue defeated Louisville City FC 2-1 after extra time at Nippert Stadium. This season’s matchup will mark the third all-time meeting between the regional rivals in Open Cup play, with the first coming in the 2017 Third Round, a 1-0 FCC win.

In 11 matchups all-time against Louisville, the Orange and Blue hold a winning 5-4-2 record.

2023 marks the 108th edition of the U.S. Open Cup, the oldest national soccer competition in the United States, which first began in 1913. The Orange and Blue are 9-4-2 all-time in the event, which most notably FC Cincinnati advanced to the semifinals of in 2017, falling in extra time to the New York Red Bulls in front of a then sell-out crowd of 33,250 fans at Nippert Stadium. But not before the then-USL side advanced past five opponents including defeating Columbus Crew SC and knocking off Chicago Fire in penalty kicks.

Last season, in the first U.S. Open Cup held since 2019, FC Cincinnati hosted and defeated Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC after extra time in the Third Round before falling in the Round of 32 away to New England Revolution.

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FC Cincinnati are at home this Saturday, April 8 to face Philadelphia Union. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Apple TV via MLS Season Pass and over the radio locally on ESPN 1530. Single match tickets are still available at or by calling (513) 977-5425 (KICK).

Visit HERE for FC Cincinnati’s 2023 home platform match schedule. The full 2023 regular season schedule can be viewed HERE. All matches will air live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. The unprecedented subscription service featuring every MLS regular season, playoff and Leagues Cup match is available now.

All tickets, including Single Match Tickets, Full Season Tickets and Half Season “Orange” and “Blue” Ticket packages, can be purchased at or by calling (513) 977-5425 (KICK). For more information about Group Tickets and Premium hospitality options, including suites and all-inclusive experiences, call (513) 763-1025.

FC Cincinnati is now also offering a Flex Plan. Fans can select one Leagues Cup match, in addition to two to five regular season matches. The Flex Plan provides ultimate flexibility, with benefits including cost savings, no fees and presale access for additional events at TQL Stadium, including potential home playoff matches.

For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s new official mobile app on iOS or Android for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.