FC Cincinnati loses US Open Cup match to MLS foe after penalty kicks

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - In a preview of the upcoming season, FC Cincinnati took on a Major League Soccer team in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night.

The game, against Minnesota United FC at Nippert Stadium, was the first professional-league caliber match-up since fans found out FC Cincinnati would be joining Major League Soccer in 2019.

The game was scoreless through the first 90 minutes, and then scoreless through extra time until finally, Minnesota put FCC away with penalty kicks.

Minnesota will now advance in the U.S. Open Cup.

This wasn't the first MLS test for FC Cincinnati -- the team defeated the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire in 2017's U.S. Open Cup.

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