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Austin FC will look to recover from a lackluster first season with a matchup against FC Cincinnati for their home opener on Feb. 26. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Already tired of the Austin FC offseason?

The now 1-year-old club has released its first 2022 opponent just weeks after its final match of 2021, announcing that it will play FC Cincinnati for its home opener at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.


The upcoming game could be a match made in heaven for the fledgling Austin FC—although the Verde and Black were 12th of 13 teams in the West in 2021, FC Cincinnati fared worse, earning just four wins to come in last in the Eastern Conference.

The Cincinnati matchup could be a chance for Austin to flex its new muscles early after recouping for its first offseason. While the team hasn't made big signing moves yet, it did exercise a permanent transfer option for left back Zan Kolmanic Nov. 19 after the young defender spent a year on loan with the club. Austin will also look for upcoming chances to bolster the roster this winter, including during the MLS SuperDraft in January 2022.

An early battle against Cincinnati could also be a cautionary tale for the Verde and Black: since its founding in 2019, the expansion team has never pushed past last place in the conference.

Austin, meanwhile, is looking to have a season with results that match its passionate fanbase this time around. The club sold out all of its 17 home matched in 2021, and on Monday, the team once again encouraged its fans to join the season ticket Waitlist Membership for presale access to the home opener.

The opening match will be regionally broadcast in English and Spanish. Single-match tickets will go on sale soon-to-be-announced shortly after the 2022 season schedule is released.

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