Hey, MLS: FC Cincinnati outdrew every MLS teams' attendance on August 5
FC Cincinnati, who just came off a thrilling US Open Cup win in Miami, was back it on Saturday night at Nippert Stadium. The beautiful evening, highlighted by fan appreciation night and postgame fireworks, drew over 25,000 to Nippert.
To be exact, it was 25,308 fans that showed up. That number is now the USL single game regular season record. It broke the old record that was coincidently set when Orlando City B came up to Nippert in 2016.
The B team brought 8 MLS players with them, and the quality of their squad showed through. An exhilarating 92' goal by Danny Konig to tie the game at 2 left FCC salvaging at least one point in front of their home crowd.
The crowd and city are MLS ready, just like the team. FCC's 25,000+ outdrew every single MLS match. To be fair, the Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United FC both did not play at home, and they average the top two highest attendances in the MLS. Nonetheless, FCC's feat is incredible for a USL team. Here is how it stacked up against the MLS sides in terms of attendance.
Minnesota United FC vs Seattle Sounders -- 22,649
Montreal Impact vs Orlando City SC -- 20,801
Chicago Fire vs New England Revolution -- 20,214
Real Salt Lake vs Houston Dynamo -- 19,075
San Jose Earthquakes vs Columbus Crew -- 18,000
Philadelphia Union vs FC Dallas -- 17,880
DC United vs Toronto FC -- 16,444
Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps -- 15,625
If you noticed, it's ironic that the Orlando City-Montreal game had a smaller attendance than Orlando's farm team, Orlando City B.
This USL news article went even further saying this:
"That was only part of the story on the night, though. With 29 professional games across the United States and Canada on Saturday night - the most in a single day in history - FCC's attendance topped the list across all four professional league."
In the end, it was a great and memorable night for FCC and their fans.
(Photo courtesy of Jamie Smed)