FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew: Game time, attendance, and more

FC Cincinnati beat Louisville FC to advance to the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. As their next Cup matchup against the Crew draws closer and closer, the hype around the "Hell Is Real" rivalry is reaching new heights. 

FCC, who tied the Charlotte Independence last Saturday, played in front of a crowd of 21,115. That is already well over seven thousand more than the Crew average. It is also reported that the Cup game has sold over 20,000 tickets. That was a few days ago, so that number could have easily risen to over 22,000. FCC is also setting aside three sections for Crew fans. There are suppose to be +1,000 Crew fans making the trip to the Queen City.

This game is going to be incredible. This will be FCC's chance to beat an MLS team and prove that they belong in the top tier of American soccer. 

Against the Independence, Coach Koch rested Djiby Fall, the team's top scorer, until late in the game. Koch was most likely trying to rest Fall so he can be at full strength for this upcoming Cup game. The Crew have not played since June 3rd when they lost 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids. 

Defensively, Delbridge and Berry will have to carry a load as they play midfielder Justin Meram, who is the Crew's leading goal scorer and a top MLS scorer, and lethal striker Ola Kamara. If FCC can lock down these two, they should have a better chance at controlling the game. 

Game Key: Tempo

Tempo will be a big key in this game. Against the Independence, it took FCC a while to settle into the game and create chances. They must be the attacking team from the start. If FCC gets down early, it might end up being a long Wednesday night.

Start time: 7 pm
Location: Nippert Stadium