The Cincinnati Riverhawks was a professional soccer team from Cincinnati, Ohio. The team initially played in the Premier Development Soccer League’s Mid-South Division of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues in 1997. The team finished the 1997 season in first place in its division, winning ten and losing five matches. The team advanced to the second round of the playoffs, before losing to its division rival, the Jackson Chargers.
In 1998, the Riverhawks joined the A-League’s Central Division of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues. The squad finished in fifth place in its division, with eleven wins and seventeen losses. Before the start of the 1999 season, the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues became the United Soccer Leagues. The Riverhawks remained in this league’s A-League’s Central Division, finishing last in its division, with a record of seven losses and twenty-one ties. The next season the Riverhawks again finished last in the Central Division, with a record of two wins, twenty-three losses, and three ties. The team continued its poor showing in the 2001 season, finishing last in its division, while winning just six while losing twenty matches.
In the 2002 season, the Riverhawks finished in third place in its division, one place ahead of last place. The team won eight and lost twenty matches this year. The Riverhawks repeated its performance of remaining out of last place by a single spot during the 2003 season. Still, after repeated disappointing performances, the Cincinnati Riverhawks disbanded after this season.