FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati

  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Stadium: TQL Stadium
  • Coach: Pat Noonan
  • MLS Titles: 0

Current Squad / Roster

Team History

FC Cincinnati joined the MLS on May 29, 2018, officially joining the MLS schedule for the 2019 season. While FC Cincinnati was an MLS expansion team in 2019, the squad has its origins in the USL under the same moniker, with the same ownership group.

Since joining the MLS, FC Cincinnati doesn’t have many historical high points to speak of. FC Cincinnati has finished near the bottom of the MLS table in the squad’s four MLS seasons.

FC CIncinnati Records

FC Cincinnati has had two captains: Kendall Watson (2019-2020) and Luciano Acosta (2021-present). 

In their four seasons in MLS, FC Cincinnati’s stats are less-than-impressive. Overall, FC Cincinnati has an MLS record of 22 wins, 67 losses, and 25 draws. Needless to say, FC Cincinnati has posted a negative goal differential in each of their four seasons, reaching a high of -44 in their inaugural season

As of publication, Brandon Vazquez is FC Cincinnati’s all-time goal-scoring leader, with 14 goals. Luciano Acosta is close to matching Vazquez, scoring 13 goals with FC Cincinnati. 

FC Cincinnati’s all-time leader in shutouts is Przemyslaw Tytoń, who gave the squad eleven clean sheets from 2019-2021.

Championships Won

Historical Events

The first notable event in FC Cincinnati’s history is being awarded an expansion franchise. FC Cincinnati was awarded a franchise on May 29, 2018, playing their first game on March 2, 2019, against Seattle Sounders FC. 

FC Cincinnati won their first MLS game in their first home game, defeating the Portland Timbers 3-0. This win was one of 6 wins during FC Cincinnati’s inaugural campaign. 

Before becoming an MLS franchise, FC Cincinnati’s major historical event was winning the 2018 USL Regular Season Championship. However, the squad couldn’t maintain their league-topping form, falling to the New York Red Bulls II in the second round.

For many, the resignation of head coach Ron Jans in 2019 over the alleged use of a racial slur is a major historical event in FC Cincinnati’s history. As detailed further in this article, FC Cincinnati does not have a very good history with coaches.

Championship Won by FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati hasn’t had much success with championships in the MLS. They haven’t had much success on the pitch since joining MLS, often listed as the underdog on MLS odds since joining the league.

Before finding themselves near the bottom of MLS Standings, FC Cincinnati was successful in USL action, winning the River Cities Cup (2026) and Queen City Cup (2106, 2017) regional derbies, the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic (2016), and the 2018 USL Regular Season Champions.

FC Cincinnati has been extremely active in conducting transfers, with players leaving and returning from loans. The most recent incoming transfers to FC Cincinnati: are Sergio Santos (F), Matt Miazga (D), and Ben Mines (f).

While there are many outgoing transfers from FC Cincinnati, there are two transfers to focus on: the free departure of Harris Medunjanin (M) and loaning Issac Atanga (F) to Göztepe of 1.Lig – a second-tier league in Turkey.

FC Cincinnati’s best coaches list doesn’t have Alan Koch at the top of the list. Koch was fired after a 2-7-2 start to the 2019 MLS Season. Assistant coach Yoann Damet was named interim head coach. This was short-lived as Damet was replaced by new head coach Ron Jans, on August 8, 2019.

Jans won’t be high on FC Cincinnati’s best coaches lost either: Jans resigned on February 17, 2020, amidst allegations that he used a racial slur. Jans was replaced by short-lived head coach Jaap Stam. FC Cincinnati cleared the coaching decks on September 27, 2021, parting ways with Stem, Damet (at this time, a two-time interim head coach), and assistant coach Said Bakkati. Tyrone Marshall was named interim head coach. 


Marshall wasn’t FC Cincinnati’s interim head coach for long. Pat Noonan was hired as FC Cincinnati’s head coach on December 14, 2021. FC Cincinnati is having their best season in MLS franchise history with Maroon in charge, posting a record of 8-8-8 in 2022, as of publication.

This ranks Pat Noonan as FC Cincinnati’s best coach in history.

Team Standings

Team Leaders


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