23,144 fans pack Nippert Stadium for FC Cincinnati home opener, break record
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Saturday's game was a win in many ways for FC Cincinnati.
The team held their home opening match against St. Louis FC and did not hold back, winning 4-0.
There was a lot of anticipation leading up to the home opener, because the team was on the road for their first three matches and the match did not disappoint.
Fans showed that the first-year support of the club was certainly not a fluke.
Fans came out in record-breaking fashion yet again, setting a USL Home Opener Attendance Record with a total of 23,144.
It's a new year and a new season, so some fans decided to grab some new FCC gear for the opener at he new FCC store on 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati. It was packed on Saturday.
The checkout line was long, so it’s a good thing spirits were high.
"It's just incredible. I love to see the growth of the game. I used to play it myself so I’m just really looking forward to tonight and hopefully they can bring the USL cup home,” said FCC fan Chris Atkins, who is no doubt happy with the results of Saturday’s match.
Some fans came straight from an afternoon Reds game at Great American Ball Park to swap their Reds gear for FCC blue and orange.
"It's spreading very well. Soccer is becoming way more popular than it's ever been so, it's definitely great,” said FCC fan Brain Ward.
Way more popular is right.
Over at Nippert Stadium, fans impressed by FCC's inaugural season showed up for more.
"It was so much fun. We just had a great time last year and looking forward to seeing a lot more FCC games,” said FCC fan Kevin Gortemiller.
"It's off the charts. The level of play is great. The fan support. It's truly a family event. I think that's what's really attractive to people,” said FCC fan Tom Murley.
There were some new faces, too who wanted to see what all the fuss is about.
This level of soccer success is something new for the city.
“We only had like Columbus Crew or the River Hawks; like ‘B League’ so it's great to have a team we can call our own."
And fans have a lot to be proud of as the team sailed to a win and broke records along the way.
But it wasn't only the supporters who were breaking records on Saturday night.
The club, in just it's second year, put up some big numbers against St. Louis FC.
Forward Djiby Fall, who was acquired this off-season, scored four goals in his debut at Nippert Stadium.
The Senegal native put on quite a show, scoring all four goals.
Goalie Mitch Hildebrandt kept the sheet clean despite numerous attacks from the opposition.
Those two things combined resulted in FC Cincinnati handing St. Louis FC their first loss of the season.
Djiby Fall is leading the USL in goals scored. He has six total now.