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Cincinnati got a reality check in their MLS first match

SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 02: Fanendo Adi #9 of FC Cincinnati battles for a ball with Chad Marshall #14 of the Seattle Sounders during the second half of the match at CenturyLink Field on March 2, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The sounders won 4-1. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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The new Major League Soccer (MLS) club joined the American competition but ended up losing 4-1 against the Seattle Sounders.

The world of football has a new team, as FC Cincinnati played its inaugural match in the 2019 season of the Major League Soccer (MLS).

The new team scored the first goal of the match thanks to a goal by midfielder Leonardo Bertone in the 13th minute.

But then suffered by a four-goal rally scored by the local team.

“I think the game was as difficult as we knew it would be,” coach Alan Koch told reporters after the game as quoted by the MLS official website.

“I don’t think Seattle was higher or lower than any level that we thought they’d be at. We thought they’d be at a high level and they were at a very high level. We knew it would be a tough place to come play and it was a tough place to come play.”

“I think at times we gave the ball away way too easily and that’s what allowed Seattle to punish us a few times,” Koch said.

“The positives are when we’re calm and composed and when we take care of the ball we look like a very good team. We obviously have to stretch those moments and make them longer, but if you make mistakes and give the ball away to a team as quality as Seattle, they’re going to hit you.”

“There was definitely growth tonight and we’re going to need that growth because next week is going to be even more difficult,” Koch added.

“The schedule that we’ve been presented with is very difficult, so nobody should be surprised by how tonight went. There were good moments and there were tough moments. Now we need to continue to grow in those good moments and try to minimize the tough moments.”