Major League Soccer

FC Cincinnati finally win at new TQL Stadium

Chris Smith
It took FC Cincinnati nine games to finally get their first win at TQL Stadium
It took FC Cincinnati nine games to finally get their first win at TQL Stadium / Albert Cesare / The Enquirer via Imagn

FC Cincinnati boss Jaap Stam was in jubilant mood after his side finally picked up a first-ever win at their brand new TQL Stadium.

After playing at Nippert Stadium for their first two-and-a-half years in Major League Soccer, the Orange and Blue moved to their new home on 16 May.

Stam's men have managed just five points from their opening nine games at the new arena, drawing five times and losing four.

Cincy finally got that particular monkey off their back on Saturday, with goals from Brenner and Haris Medunjanin either side of half-time sealing a 2-0 win over Toronto FC - the only side below them in the Eastern Conference.

“Yeah, that's nice, you know the fans they turn up at every game, and they are always positive, so that's a good thing," Stam told reporters of his experience of winning in front of a 22,636-strong crowd at TQL Stadium.

"We are very happy about that, and that's how it needs to be, especially when you've taken the lead, you go towards the end of the game. You could feel the tension growing in them as well; they got even louder and louder towards the end as well, because they feel as well that the win is going to be there.”

“So that gives us a great feeling, it's great to see the fans involved like this, that's what we all want.”

Left-back Ronald Matarrita also dedicated the victory to FC Cincinnati's supporters thanks to their unyielding loyalty during the club's difficult start to life in MLS.

“We had to celebrate with the fans first, they were there through all the results, so getting the win for them, we had to celebrate with them," the Costa Rica international said.

"Getting back in the locker room, it was really positive and we are going to use this experience to go forward and to build because of what happened tonight out on the pitch."

Despite the win, Cincy remain 13th in the East and 25th overall with just 20 points from 22 games, leaving them 11 adrift of the playoff spots.

Stam's side face a difficult trip to an in-form Atlanta United side on Wednesday night before hosting NYCFC at the weekend.