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Cincinnati Saints announce exit from the Queen City

(PHOTO: FOX19NOW/File) (PHOTO: FOX19NOW/File)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Cincinnati Saints have played their last game after spending the last six years in Cincinnati.
 
“After speaking to sponsors, support groups and players, it came down to the dollars drying up,” Saint owner David Satterwhite told Fox19 Now in an exclusive interview. “We didn’t have much of an option.”
 
The Saints played in the National Premier Soccer League and hosted World Cup watching parties on Cincinnati’s Fountain Square in 2014 and 2015.

The move made sense for the team with Carl Linder III bringing FC Cincinnati and the United Soccer League to Cincinnati in 2016, with hopes of becoming a Major League Soccer expansion team in three to five years.
 
“We wanted our club to bring the highest level of soccer to the community,” said Satterwhite. “FC Cincinnati would bring a higher level of play. They have the resources. In turn, we did what we set out to do, which was hopefully bring the MLS to Cincinnati. We wish FC Cincinnati the best of luck.”
 
The Saints are considering a move to Dayton and have spoken with the city’s mayor about starting an NPSL team there. Wherever the Saints go, Satterwhite will remain the team’s owner, but they will be a completely re-branded team with a new name.
 
“The Cincinnati Saints will live and die in Cincinnati,” said Satterwhite. “It’s a shame.”

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