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Cincinnati's big day, Wagner to remain at Huddersfield, More Ream awards

FC Cincinnati is the latest team to join MLS. The USL club is a huge draw but how will it fair after a few years in MLS? David Wagner will remain at Huddersfield and Tim Ream wins another award. Brian Sciaretta looks at it all
BY Brian Sciaretta Posted
May 30, 2018
5:05 AM
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER has named its newest team as FC Cincinnati will depart the USL and move up to the nation’s first division. Elsewhere, Tim Ream continues to receive accolades and David Wagner gets a new deal

FC Cincinnati joins MLS

The big news in American soccer this week is that FC Cincinnati will join the ranks of MLS as the 24th team to enter the league when it begins play in 2019.

FC Cincinnati has been a standout in USL with regards to fan enthusiasm an attendance. Thus far in 2018 the team has drawn 124,333 fans through five matches in all competitions (24,867 average). On the field, the team has been a success where it sits in second place of the Eastern Conference.

ASN will have more on this in the coming weeks but it will be interesting to see how ambitious Cincinnati is and whether it will fall in line with the recent expansion teams like LAFC or Atlanta United which have entered the league with an impressive payroll and an enthusiastic fanbase.

There are many questions over any expansion team in terms of whether or not the enthusiasm will be in five years or what happens if the team begins to struggle. Cincinnati has only existed in the USL for three years and has been a winning team since its inception. How will the fans react to losing?

For now, however, fans of the league are optimistic for what the future entails for the league.

Tim Ream wins an awards

As everyone knows now, Tim Ream and Fulham are heading back to the Premier League next season and Ream earned rave reviews for his recent season with the London-based club.

On Wednesday he was also named to the EFL Team of the Playoffs for Fulham’s run which included a 2-1 semifinal win over Derby County in two legs and a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the final.

Wagner inks new Huddersfield deal

After finishing his third season for Huddersfield where he as seen the club rise from a relegation-threatened Championship team to a team which has survived a year in the Premier League, former U.S. national team forward David Wagner has inked a new deal to stay on manager that will run through June 2021. This is enourmous news for Huddersfield as it ended speculation that Wagner was going to be lured away by a big club. 

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