Tuesday, FC Cincinnati is expected to be officially welcomed into Major League Soccer as an expansion team.
A “major FC Cincinnati announcement” is planned for 5:30 at Rhinegeist. The city is invited to celebrate at a watch party in downtown Cincinnati at Fountain Square.
Critics said a second Ohio team hurts the chances of the Columbus Crew staying in Ohio. But, Save the Crew faithful said another pro team will actually make its movement stronger.
“Having a rival just under two hours away in Ohio is going to be a big deal,” said Save the Crew spokesman David Miller.
He said news of a new team is a win for both clubs.
“With a rivalry comes a tremendous amount of hype, tremendous amount of ratings, tremendous amount of money, and if MLS is seeking to grow as a league they can’t push that aside,” said Miller.
He said with the announcement, the Crew will double its supporters.
“By announcing the new team in Cincinnati they’ve created an entire second MLS fan base that is all about saving the Crew,” he said.
Crew faithful said the league’s original franchise has roots too deep to pull up.
“It would be a huge slap in the face to American soccer fans across the country if they were to pull the rug out from under us,” he said.