FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati Hell is Real Promo

Major League Soccer’s two Ohio clubs, FC Cincinnati and the Columbus Crew, came together August 2023 for the first Hell is Real Blood Drive Competition. More than 17,500 donors rolled up a sleeve between the two groups to benefit communities' across the state. 

Thank you to all who participated in the blood drive competition on behalf of Hoxworth Blood Center and FC Cincinnati! Together, We're Saving Lives Close to Home. 

About the Hell is Real Rivalry between FCC and the Crew:
The Hell is Real Blood Drive Competition is named after the historic rivalry between FC Cincinnati and the Columbus Crew and was sparked by each teams' fans. Named for billboards facing south Interstate 71 in Mount Sterling, Ohio, bearing the words "Hell Is Real," this rivalry series between FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew first started on the field in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup - a match FCC won.

Originally dubbed the "Ohio Derby," the matchup eventually received a new moniker from the fans. As the trash talk between the supporters escalated on social media before the Open Cup showdown, a member of the fanbase dubbed the rivalry "Hell is Real" in honor of the sign. It caught on.

Learn more about the history