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FC Cincinnati announced as the next expansion club in MLS

Goal.com logo Goal.com 29/05/2018

Major League Soccer has welcomed FC Cincinnati to its ever-expanding family.

The second-division United Soccer League side made the announcement that they would be joining MLS, with MLS Commissioner Don Garber confirming to The Enquirer that the club would begin play in 2019 to become the league's 24th team.

FC Cincinnati is actually the 26th announced franchise in the league, following David Beckham’s long-awaited Miami franchise and Nashville’s announcement in December.

MLS has stated previously it intends to get up to 28 teams, so the door is not yet closed on Sacramento or Detroit, the other cities in the running for expansion.

FC Cincinnati has become known for its sizable crowds and had a memorable run to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals in 2017, losing to the New York Red Bulls in extra-time after surrendering a 2-0 lead in the second half.

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The franchise averaged over 21,000 fans per game in 2017.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, FCC majority owner Carl H. Lindner III and club president Jeff Berding were all on hand to make the announcement.

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