Christian Pulisic praises Cincinnati's soccer culture

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Christian Pulisic and the United States Men's National Team suffered a heartbreaking blow when they found out that they wouldn't qualify for the World Cup in 2018. But, that did not keep Pulisic from having high hopes for the future of soccer in the United States. Pulisic wrote a post for The Players' Tribune entitled "1,834 Days." He wants to get back, and he knows they will, but he spoke on much more than just the USMNT.

In the meantime, however, there is a revolution, surrounding soccer, stirring in the United States, and Pulisic sees Cincinnati as part of the eye of the hurricane. In his post, he said this about Cincinnati and the soccer culture that FC Cincinnati has created:
MLS has made great strides as a league, over the last few years, and there are so many incredible American soccer markets that have emerged. You look at what they’ve built in cities like Portland and Seattle, and what they’re building in places like Atlanta and Cincinnati, and what’s happening with the movement to try to save soccer in Columbus — and it’s inspiring.
FC Cincinnati has brought a new culture to an entire city, a city that has been known as a baseball town for the past 100+ years. While the Reds will always be a prominent part of the city, FCC will usher in yet another thrilling local team. Having players like Christian Pulisic, the 19-year-old phenom currently playing in Germany, show their support and admiration is a huge step in the right direction.

As for FCC and their MLS track, they already have an official local supporter for when they potentially join the MLS. According to FC Cincinnati, their partnership with Mercy Health could be one of the largest in the MLS. 

In the link provided, FCC's director of relations Fumi Kimura said this:
Upon a successful outcome in December, the partnership would represent one of the largest jersey sponsorship commitments in MLS and is on par with Atlanta United’s deal with American Family Insurance. Specific terms of the partnership will not be disclosed due to FCC and Mercy Health policy.
A local sponsor, a huge fanbase, a shoutout from the USMNT's top star, and a stadium plan being finalized. FCC has all the pieces to be the next up-and-coming MLS franchise.