What we learned from FC Cincinnati’s loss at Austin FC

AUSTIN, Tex. – If you needed any convincing or reminding that FC Cincinnati is still on a long road back to respectability, the 2022 regular-season opener at Austin FC served as your refresher. 

While optimism was in great supply for Saturday's game at Q2 Stadium, supporters were greeted almost immediately after kickoff with the reality that FCC remains a work in progress.

Austin scored early and often, and FC Cincinnati conceded at least four goals for the 18th time since it joined MLS in an eventual 5-0 loss.

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It was a day that offered few positives and plenty to scrutinize. Here's to hoping we just saw this club's floor for 2022, and that there's plenty of time to establish a respectable ceiling. 

Here are our takeaways from FC Cincinnati-Austin FC: 

The big picture

Austin FC debuted in MLS in 2021 and they were not a great expansion team (obviously their first season went better than FC Cincinnati's in 2019). Austin was, however, a decent home team as they went 7-8-2 at Q2 Stadium, which provides plenty of noise and rabid support. And for being two seasons younger than four-year-old FC Cincinnati, Austin is clearly further along in the construction of its team under head coach Josh Wolff. 

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