Jeff Berding to Step Away from Day-to-Day Operations at FC Cincinnati

The Post has learned from multiple sources that FCC President Jeff Berding will be stepping away from a day-to-day role with the soccer side of FC Cincinnati.

Berding, a part owner of the club, was the driving force behind bringing FC Cincinnati into existence and guiding it to an eventual spot in MLS. Under Berding’s leadership, FC Cincinnati became in overnight sensation in the city, attracting a level of fan support unheard of in lower-division American soccer. In recent years, he has been seen as a polarizing figure within the fanbase as the public face and one spot of consistency in a club that has struggled to climb out of the league basement. Berding’s profile has been noticeably smaller in recent months since the hiring of new general manager Chris Albright, and his departure from the soccer side of FC Cincinnati should be welcome news for those concerned that the first-time GM might butt heads with the existing leadership structure.

Berding is expected to remain with the FC Cincinnati organization in some capacity on the non-soccer side. Sources around the city indicate that Berding is heavily involved in several other major projects, including the bid to bring World Cup matches to Cincinnati as part of the joint USA/Mexico/Canada hosting efforts in 2026. Unknown at this time is who will replace Berding as Team President overseeing Albright and the soccer side of FCC.

The POST will have more on this story as it develops.