Every year it seems multiple times per year hope springs eternal that this year will be the year. Whether it is the Reds, the Bengals, the Bearcats or the Musketeers, we have that undying hope that this is the year that one of them brings home a championship. As a fan this is almost to a point maddening as it seems every year something seems to derail all promise. This year hope once again abounds with the Bearcats playing well, the Reds making some serious off-season moves to contend in the division, but also FC Cincinnati joining the MLS this season. They drafted well, have a solid nucleus of returning talent, and a passionate fan base. The inaugural season looks very promising, and hopes will be held high that the city can once again hang a championship banner.