FC Cincinnati has a billionaire owner in Carl Lindner and a base of 10,000 season tickets. That's the sort of stuff that might impress Major League Soccer when it comes to expanding the league from 22 to 28 teams.
The sticking point for FC Cincy is where it might build a soccer-specific stadium. Here's an idea.
As for whether it would be good for the Columbus Crew to have an MLS rival, that's open to interpretation.
But there's no question FC Cincy is building on the momentum that became apparent last year.