Cincinnati 'special event' signals confirmation of MLS team is imminent

The announcement Cincinnati fans have been waiting for since December appears to be at hand.

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A "special event" billed as a "significant announcement about the future of soccer in Cincinnati" will take place on next Tuesday afternoon at the popular Rhinegeist brewery. That announcement should confirm the FC Cincinnati is awarded MLS's 26th team.

MLS commissioner Don Garber and Cincinnati mayor John Cranley will join FC Cincinnati owner Carl Lindner and president Jeff Berding.

Last week's approval of an amendment to the community benefits agreement for the West End neighborhood was likely the final sign-off needed for MLS to give a green light to the Cincinnati.

Cincinnati had been the favorite for the second franchise to be awarded out of 10 bidding cities, but focus shifted from a stadium project in Oakley, presented to MLS last December, to one in West End, specifically at the site of a high school stadium.

SI.com's Brian Straus reported on Thursday that FCC, the highest-drawing team in the USL, will begin MLS play in 2019 at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium.
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