Cincinnati Helps MLS Bid With Passionate U.S. Open Cup Crowd
USL club FC Cincinnati fell to the Red Bulls in last night's U.S. Open Cup semifinal, but the scenes at Nippert Stadium are "what will endure." The "sold out 'blue-out' crowd of 33,250" marked the "second-largest attendance in FC Cincinnati history." Red Bulls players lingered on the field after their win to "offer sincere applause to the FC Cincinnati supporters." Red Bulls G Ryan Meara said, "They deserve an MLS team -- 100 percent. To get a showing like this -- incredible. ... There's more than half of MLS cities that don't have support like this." MLS Commissioner Don Garber and U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati attended the match (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 8/16).