April 29, 2022
FORT WAYNE FC WELCOMES MLS NEXT Pro FC CINCINNATI 2
Fort Wayne, Ind. — Fort Wayne FC announced they will host FC Cincinnati 2 for a friendly match on June 7th at 7pm in Shields Field Stadium located on the campus of Bishop Dwenger High School.
FC Cincinnati 2 is in its first year under the MLS NEXT Pro league. This will be the first appearance for FC Cincinnati 2 at Fort Wayne FC – and the first time the city of Fort Wayne hosts an MLS team.
“We greatly appreciate FC Cincinnati 2 and their willingness to visit Fort Wayne for this game,” stated Fort Wayne FC Head Coach Mike Avery. “The MLS NEXT Pro side allows our players a chance to get a taste of the level they aspire to reach, just as it gives our fans a look at the professional level that we are aiming for as a club.”
FC Cincinnati 2 is four games into their inaugural season under the MLS NEXT Pro league with a current record of 1- 3 and a ranking of 8th in the East division. Since this time over a dozen players have made their pro debuts for the club with two academy players signing pro contracts.
“I’m looking forward to playing Fort Wayne FC,” said Tyrone Marshall, Head Coach of FC Cincinnati 2. “It’s important for our team to play against a variety of opponents, and Fort Wayne FC offers us that challenge outside of the MLS NEXT Pro to test our group.”
“I am really excited to welcome FC Cincinnati 2 here in Fort Wayne,” said DaMarcus Beasley, FWFC owner and director of sports operations. “And, thanks to Tyrone (Marshall) and Chris (Albright) they also see the importance in growing the game in our region. FC Cincinnati is a first-class club and we are delighted to play against them here in June in front of our amazing fans.”
Kickoff starts at 7pm at Shields Field Stadium located on the campus of Bishop Dwenger High School. Tickets go on sale at noon today. Visit https://app.gopassage.com/venues/2292 purchase single match, season ticket memberships or Flex Pass 6. Full concessions will be available.
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About Fort Wayne FC
Founded in 2019, Fort Wayne FC (FWFC) is an American soccer club based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a member of the United Soccer League (USL), North America’s largest professional soccer organization that oversees the USL Championship, USL League One, USL League Two, USL W, and USL Academy. The club is a member of the USL League Two and competes in the Central Conference – Valley Division. Fort Wayne FC is invested in the Fort Wayne community and strives to make a positive impact through the game of soccer. Visit www.fortwaynefc.com to learn more.
About FC Cincinnati 2
FC Cincinnati 2 began play in MLS NEXT Pro in 2022. FCC 2 is designed to serve as the bridge between the FCC first team and the Academy and is a professional pathway for players to grow and develop at FC Cincinnati. The club plays its matches at NKU Soccer Stadium, Mercy Health Training Center, and TQL Stadium.
About MLS NEXT Pro
Launched in March 2022 by Major League Soccer, MLS NEXT Pro is a professional men’s soccer league in the United States and Canada that completes the player pathway from MLS NEXT through to MLS first teams. With 21 Clubs competing during the inaugural season – 20 MLS-affiliated and one independent club, Rochester New York FC – MLS NEXT Pro will grow the game through innovation and diversity by bringing professional soccer to new markets, creating career opportunities for professionals on and off the field, and providing communities with a strong sense of pride.