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These FC Cincinnati Players of African descent are making game-winning plays on the field.

Since the inception of FCC as a soccer authority in 2016, a buzz has spread throughout Cincinnati and the United Soccer League. With emerging talks of a new stadium to be built on the West End, FC Cincinnati is poised to become a staple feature of the city and is given the optimal chance to receive a bid for the MLS.  Moreover, in case you did not know, several of the best soccer players in the country are the FC Cincinnati players of African descent. One of the owners is a prominent African American business owner.  

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There are currently four African American players of FC Cincinnati on the 2018 roster!

Tomi Ameobi comes from a soccer-loving family, as the brother of Notts County striker Shola Ameobi and Bolton Wanderers winger Sammy Ameobi. He is excited to join FC Cincinnati for the 2018 season.

Returning to the states for the 2018 season, Emery Welshman joins the orange and blue after playing the 2017 season with Puerto Rico FC. He has a list of very impressive seasons, both in college and professionally in his 7-year elite career.  

Justin Hoyte started his 20-year soccer career when he was 9 years old. He is the son of two former British sprinters. His mother, Wendy Hoyte, won the gold medal at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games.

Jamaican player, Lance Laing, was born in Trelawny, Jamaica, and began his career playing for Harbour View and  Village United in the Jamaican National Premier League. He is a promising new addition to the 2018 FC Cincinnati roster.

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In addition to the four FC Cincinnati players of African descent, Steve Hightower, the owner of one of the largest African American businesses in the region, Hightowers Petroleum, is also a part-owner of the team.  

All eyes are on FC Cincinnati in 2018, especially with emerging plans for a new FC Cincinnati stadium. City Council is working toward approval for this plan, which would include the $200 million stadium, $25 million in property taxes to the West End school district, a $10 million high school stadium, and the infusion of $100,000 into surrounding neighborhoods.    

Check out the FC Cincinnati Season schedule to watch these players dominate the field and lead their team toward another successful season. The 2018 season has just begun, and FC Cincinnati tickets are reasonably priced and a momentous event to take the family to. Also, be sure to check Groupon and Stubhub for discount ticket offers throughout the season!

Do you have a child interested in playing soccer? Below are a few youth soccer leagues in the Cincinnati Area:

· Cincy SC

· Cincinnati West Soccer Club

· Star Soccer Club

·  Soccer Shots

·  Gotham Soccer League

Are you an adult looking for a recreational soccer league to join? Below are a few adult soccer leagues in the Cincinnati Area:

· Soccer City

· Cincinnati Sports Leagues

· Gotham Soccer League  

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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

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