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FC Cincinnati played in the USL for three seasons before disbanding and being reincarnated as an MLS expansion team, also called FC Cincinnati.
The team colours have always been orange and blue as primary colours, with gray and white as secondary colours. The crest was updated for MLS, with the lion upon it made bigger and changed to white.
They moved into their new soccer-specific stadium, the West End Stadium, in May 2021.
The USL years
FC Cincinnati only lost four times before August 28. After consecutive losses knocked them into fourth place, they went unbeaten in the final five games to make the play-offs.
Cincinnati ended the season with a 2-1 loss to Charleston Battery in the conference quarter-finals.
On September 16, they set another attendance record with 30,417 fans for a 4-2 win over NYRB II. FC Cincinnati finished in sixth place in the regular season and lost their first play-off game 3-0 to Tampa Bay.
Their round of 16 home game against MLS side Chicago Fire was televised on ESPN with 32,287 fans at Nippert Stadium. The game was goalless after extra time and Cincinnati won the penalty shootout 3-1.
They went to Miami in the quarter-finals and beat Miami FC 1-0 before getting another home game in the semi-finals. They attracted 33,250 fans and took a 2-0 lead but lost to New York Red Bulls 3-2 through a goal in the 101st minute.
Last USL season
FCC beat Nashville in the first round of the play-offs before falling to NYRB II 1-0 in the conference semi-finals.
FC Cincinnati and the MLS era
They drew 1-1 at Atlanta United and played their first home game on March 17 in front of 32,250 fans, a 3-0 win over Portland.
Przemyslaw Tyton had three clean sheets while Spencer Richey had two. In the US Open Cup, FC Cincinnati beat Louisville City 2-1 in the fourth round but lost to USL side Saint Louis FC 1-0 in the round of 16.
The 2020 campaign
They bounced back to beat Atlanta United 1-0 and RBNY 2-0 to advance to the knockout stage. In the round of 16, they took eventual champions Portland to penalty kicks but lost 4-2.
They grabbed a 1-0 win over Red Bulls in September before losing four straight matches.
The 2021 season
Locadia is owned by England's Brighton & Hove Albion, while Kovacevic is on loan from Germany's TSG 1899 Hoffenheim II.
FC Cincinnati had a poor 2021 season and Stam was let go by the club on September 27, 2021, following a run which included six defeats from their previous seven games. This had seen the club sink to second-from-bottom in both the Eastern Conference and overall MLS tables.
FC Cincinnati's rivals
In 2017, FCC won two of three and Louisville City returned the favour, winning two of three in 2018. They met in the 2019 US Open Cup fourth round as FC Cincinnati won 2-1 in extra time.