SOASA, it's member clubs, players, and community have been staunch FC Cincinnati supporters since the team's creation as the Dayton Dutch Lions. Their founders, coaches, and professional staff have registered as our players. Our players were an integral part of working with DDL to develop roots in southern Ohio. Our members and communities have taken great joy in participating with the team's evolution to FC Cincinnati and the growth in awareness of the sport we love at both the local and national levels.
The work and resource commitment of the Lindner family in growing the FC Cincinnati brand and excitement for soccer not only in the southwest corner of Ohio, but accross the nation, has been thrilling to be some small part of. For a second-division team to outdraw some higher-level teams at the gate and garner national TV exposure with a deep US Open Cup run, shows tremendous potential deserving of reward.
In line with SOASA's committment to strengthening and raising the level of soccer from the grassroots to the top, we strongly and enthusiastically support FC Cincinnati's candidacy for Major League Soccer expansion.