FC Cincinnati beats in-state rival Columbus Crew SC 1-0 at Nippert

FC Cincinnati beats in-state rival Columbus Crew SC 1-0 at Nippert
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - FC Cincinnati got  their shot at an MLS team Wednesday night at Nippert Stadium.

FCC took on in-state rival Columbus Crew SC in the fourth-round of the US Open Cup and beat them 1-0.

FCC is advancing to the round of 16 in the US Open Cup.

It was the first ever official meeting between the two Ohio clubs.

"I think Columbus is the perfect 'enemy' if you will. Let's prove what Cincinnati can do against another team that says they're professional," FCC fan Giamoco Ciminello said.

The match was considered one of the biggest soccer games for FCC and Nippert Stadium.

Djiby scored the game's only goal in the 64th minute with a header to seal the win.

FCC set an Open Cup non-final record with 30,160 fans watching the first ever Ohio Derby at Nippert Stadium.

The match currently figures to be the team's third-best attended match of the 28 it's hosted across all competitions in its relatively short history.

The reason the match was highly anticipated is because FCC is one of 12 clubs vying for one of the four MLS expansion bids. The club submitted their paperwork in January and is expecting to have an answer by the end of 2017.

The first "Ohio Derby" was a preview of what could lie ahead if Cincinnati gets invited into the MLS. If Cincinnati is one of those teams, it would join Columbus in the East Division.

"We're certainly respectful of the fact that we have to be invited to join the MLS, but one of the things that we think is a positive is, if we get invited to join the MLS we can have a great regional rivalry with the Columbus Crew," FCC General Manager Jeff Berding said.

Currently sitting fifth in the MLS Eastern Conference standings, Crew SC have a pretty impressive history.

Officially the first Major League Soccer club upon being founded in 1996, they lifted the Open Cup trophy in 2002. As for how they've performed in the league, Columbus have been Supporters' Shield winners three times (2004, 2008, 2009) and also hoisted the MLS Cup in 2008.


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