FC Cincy-St. Louis City set for 10:49 p.m. ET kickoff
ST. LOUIS − Welcome to Cincinnati.com’s live coverage of FC Cincinnati (5-0-2, 17 points) versus St. Louis City SC at City Park in St. Louis, Missouri. Refresh this page throughout the match for live updates and analysis of the game itself, as well as updates on the weather expected to pass through the region around game time. Enquirer FC Cincinnati beat reporter Pat Brennan is covering all of the above live from CityPark here and via Twitter (@PBrennanENQ).
We have lineups!
FC Cincinnati starting XI: Roman Celentano (GK), Alvaro Barreal (LB), Yerson Mosquera (CB), Matt Miazga (CB, captain), Nick Hagglund (CB), Santiago Arias (RB), Junior Moreno (MF), Obinna Nwobodo (CDM), Quimi Ordonez (F), Brandon Vazquez (F), Sergio Santos (F).
St. Louis starting XI: Roman Bürki(GK, captain), Jake Nerwinski, Tim Parker, Kyle Hiebert, John Nelson, Eduard Lowen, Indiana Vassilev, Jared Stroud, Rasmus Alm, Nike Giacchini, João Klauss.
We have a tentative kickoff time
Tonight’s match will begin at 10:49 p.m. ET if no further major weather delays occur. The rain isn’t falling as hard. Claps of thunder are less frequent and both clubs have coaches on the field preparing their respective halves of the pitch for warm-ups. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, it seems.
The delay continues (8:50 p.m. ET)
A lightning-related warning continues to force fans from sitting in the CityPark seating bowl, though. MLS360 on AppleTV reports a scheduled start time for FC Cincinnati-St. Louis at around 10 p.m. but that hasn’t been announced in CityPark or made official anywhere else.
Lightning in the area continues to make for quite a light show.
Storm reaches CityPark (7:50 p.m. ET)
It’s dark as night, the wind is howling, rain is pouring down on CityPark and it now appears very likely the start time of the match will be impacted. Everyone in the stadium is still being told to shelter. No formal announcement has been made regarding the status of the match and how it might be delayed.
Tornado Warning (7:30 p.m. ET)
Things have taken a serious turn at CityPark, which is under a tornado warning. Everyone in the stadium is sheltering.
The first weather delay of the night (7:15 p.m. ET)
There’s no rain at CityPark yet but fans have been asked to clear the stadium’s seating bowl due to severe weather in the area. This was more or less expected at some point tonight.
There’s no official word on whether this will impact the scheduled 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff. Neither team has set up their half of the field for warm-ups, though.
A large swath of Missouri including all of St. Louis is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. CT, although the sun is out through the city’s Downtown areas including near City Park as of about 5:30 p.m. There’s no reason to think FC Cincinnati-St. Louis won’t get their match in tonight but there’s severe weather moving through the region that could impact the west side of downtown St. Louis at or around tonight’s scheduled 7:30 p.m. kickoff time. League officials are likely monitoring the weather situation relative to the match at this point.
More:Source: FC Cincinnati’s Brenner Souza da Silva nearing transfer to Italian club Udinese
Pre-match team news:
We don’t have to wait for the starting lineups to know FC Cincinnati will see some major changes to its regular starting lineup for its first-ever match against St. Louis City SC. Captain Luciano Acosta and midfielder Yuya Kubo have both been ruled out due to injury. Acosta suffered a shoulder injury in last week’s match against Philadelphia Union while Kubo hasn’t played in a month. Brenner Souza da Silva, who appears to be close to finalizing his transfer move to Italy’s Serie A side, Udinese, wasn’t seen by media members during the team’s Friday training session, meaning his status is very much in doubt.
More:Preview: FC Cincinnati preps for first-ever match against St. Louis City SC
FC Cincinnati’s never had a match postponed or rescheduled due to severe weather since it entered MLS.
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