Your Weekly Training Session: What happened January 8th-January 14th

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The 2018 year has just begun, and with it comes news all around the USL and soccer community as a whole. If you’re like me, you want to see as much of that news as possible. That is what these weekly news roundups will be for. Bailey Banter trying to give you all the news you need to know, to be in the know.
FC Cincinnati
Three FC Cincinnati matches announced-This past week, every home opener was announced, and FC Cincinnati will be participating in three of them: Charleston Battery, Indy Eleven and our own, against rival and defending USL champion Louisville City FC. Starting with the Charleston Battery match on Saturday, March 17, FC Cincinnati has started all three of their seasons against the Battery, and have lost in the previous two season openers. Hopefully third time’s the charm for the Orange and Blue. It will also be Forrest Lasso’s return to his former club. The next known match is FC Cincinnati going up against Indy Eleven in their first match in the USL on Saturday, March 31. Lastly, the granddaddy of them all, FC Cincinnati’s home opener. The Orange and Blue will face off against Louisville City FC at Nippert Stadium on Saturday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Expect to see the FC Cincinnati faithful show up to this game in record numbers.

Cincinnati Soccer Talk and their interview with Jeff Berding-Cincinnati Soccer Talk had their weekly podcast, this was their 99th by the way, and interviewed Jeff Berding. Berding had a lot of interesting things to say, and CST summarized the main points of the interview.  They have also already announced Head Coach Alan Koch will be present at the next podcast.

Nazmi Albadawi in Cincinnati-There was a report a couple weeks ago that Nazmi Albadawi, a highly-talented former NASL player, was making the transition from the Carolina Railhawks to FC Cincinnati. Not much ended up coming from that report, other than Albadawi was also getting looks from MLS clubs, which led fans to think Albadawi would only choose FC Cincinnati if he knew the club would make it to the MLS. Well, Albadawi is in Cincinnati for a training session. Will Seymore, another new signing for the Orange and Blue, posted an Instagram story that showed Albadawi in Cincinnati. This could be nothing, but most likely not.

New USL Conference Alignment-In USL news, the conferences have been realigned. Saint Louis FC is the only team shifting conferences, going from the Eastern Conference to the Western Conference. There has also been the addition of multiple clubs in the Eastern Conference, like Nashville SC, Indy Eleven, North Carolina FC and others. 

USL Home Openers-Mentioned above, the USL revealed every team’s home opener. Obviously, FC Cincinnati's own home opener,  as well as Charleston and Indy Eleven.

Sacramento possibly looking for public money-In MLS expansion news, after a minority supporter in the ownership group left, the remaining ownership in Sacramento may be seeking some public support for their stadium, according to Sacramento Bee writer Ryan Lillis. This is not a great situation for fans of the Sacramento Republic and hopes for them making it to MLS in this round.

For Fun

Look at this-Twitter user Adam Runyon found former FC Cincinnati defender Harrison Delbridge has been added to FIFA. However, his picture is not what we remember him looking like. Harrison Delbridge had a little bit of fun with it as well.