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MLS congratulates FC Cincinnati on major moment in Cup win

Teammates pile on top of FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt, below, after winning their U.S. Open Cup soccer match (AP Photo/John Minchil) Teammates pile on top of FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt, below, after winning their U.S. Open Cup soccer match (AP Photo/John Minchil)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

It was a major moment in Cincinnati sports history.

And Major League Soccer took notice, sending a note of congratulations to FC Cincinnati after they upset the MLS’ Chicago Fire on ESPN, FC Cincinnati President and GM Jeff Berding told FOX19 Now.

"I think people are starting to get a feel for what professional soccer at the highest level feels like,” Berding said. “It feels pretty good. It's pretty exciting. It's pretty thrilling. It's why the rest of the world looks at soccer as number one and it's pretty exciting we have a chance to bring it to Cincinnati."

For a club with major league aspirations, it was another major victory. The MLS watched along with more than 32,000 fans at Nippert Stadium and thousands more on national TV who saw FC Cincinnati beat the Fire on penalty kicks, their second win over an MLS team in two weeks.

"I think the city of Cincinnati has blown me away,” FC Cincinnati head coach Alan Koch told FOX19 Now. “This has been a beautiful ride. How we've grown this in the second year is nothing short of remarkable."

"I think that was the most exciting zero-zero soccer game I've ever been a part of,” FC Cincinnati midfielder Jimmy Mclaughlin said. “It was a show for all the fans and everyone tuning in on national TV as well. It's something we're all going to remember for the rest of our lives."

FCC is now one of eight teams remaining in Open Cup play with a trip to play Miami FC of the NASL next on July 12.

"I want to help this team win trophies and we're still in it,” said FC Cincinnati goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt, who had the game-winning save in penalty kicks.
“We still have a chance to win a trophy. That's the special thing about what happened last night."

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FC Cincinnati has just one loss in their last ten matches. They resume league play in the USL on Saturday with a trip to Orlando.

FOX19 Now reached out to the MLS to inquire about any updates on FCC gaining membership into the league. The MLS has yet to respond.

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