FC Cincinnati shares 2022 pre-season schedule, Jeff Berding becomes club co-CEO | Sports & Leisure | Cincinnati

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TQL Stadium in Cincinnati’s West End

Get ready, football fans, the new season is just around the corner.

FC Cincinnati released its 2022 preseason schedule this week, noting that additional games may be scheduled. Currently, there are five games on the schedule.

FC Cincinnati will face USF on January 28, followed by the Philadelphia Union on February 3, in Clearwater, Fla. The team will return to Cincinnati for a break before returning to Clearwater for a game against Saint Louis City SC on February 11 and an unnamed opponent on February 15. Orange and Blue will then travel to Orlando to play Orlando City SC on February 18.

Regular season play is scheduled to begin on February 26, the first start of a Major League Soccer season. FC Cincinnati will face Austin FC on the road.

The team’s home opener is March 5 against DC United. See the full program.

In other FC Cincinnati news, Jeff Berding was promoted this week from club president to co-CEO. In his new role, Berding will join Charles Linder III as co-CEO and chairman of FC Cincinnati Holdings, according to a statement.

Berding’s priorities will include “expanding fan engagement, winning the World Cup bid and other major football events, increasing revenue, attracting events to TQL Stadium , maximizing sports betting business opportunities, overseeing development around TQL Stadium, improving content production, exploring opportunities for facility expansion, leading the review of a women’s team and ‘other potential developments to come,’ the statement read.

FC Cincinnati had been through some upheaval in their 2021 campaign, especially as they had lost 12 games in a row at the end of the season. Former chief executive Gerard Nijkamp left in August and the club released former head coach Jaap Stam and two assistant coaches on September 27. Former Philadelphia Union technical director Chris Albright became the team’s new general manager in October. FC Cincinnati has added former LA Galaxy assistant coach Pat Noonan as head coach.

In October, Cincinnati hosted FIFA and US Soccer as officials toured Paul Brown Stadium, soccer training facilities, venues and Fan Fest location options. Cincinnati is one of 17 U.S. cities vying to host a 2026 World Cup game. Officials expect 10 to 11 cities to be chosen by early 2022.

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