For the first time in weeks, FC Cincinnati had almost a full week between matches. Following Sunday's loss to D.C. United, FC Cincinnati players had two days off and a normal week of preparation ahead of Saturday's clash with Minnesota United FC at Nippert Stadium. The break was sorely needed even if FC Cincinnati might have wanted a match sooner so it could turn the page on the loss to United, as head coach Jaap Stam suggested during a Thursday interview.
For whatever has ailed Minnesota United over past two seasons, FC Cincinnati has provided timely medicine. When the Loons were struggling to score goals in MLS play in June 2019, they overwhelmed the expansion franchise with a 7-1 rout at Allianz Field. Songs celebrating goals made it seem like a continual playlist was airing that day in St. Paul.
So much of FC Cincinnati’s history is based on the involvement and passion of its supporters, but the pandemic-interrupted 2020 Major League Soccer season will conclude without those supporters having witnessed a single home match. The club announced on Wednesday via a Twitter statement that its final two home matches at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium – Saturday against Minnesota United FC and the finale next Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City – will be played behind closed d...