Where are they now?
Just about ten months ago, I decided to move from Peoria, IL to Cincinnati. Many of my friends and family continue to ask me why I decided to move to a place like Cincinnati. When I am asked this question, I respond the same way every time.
“Cincinnati is a city on the rise!” *Que photo of Jeff Berding*
Okay, I had to, but if I am being honest, FC Cincinnati is finding its way into the national spotlight and as a result, so is Cincinnati. FCC’s front office has made some major headlines as of recent, regarding their roster. With the new addition of MLS caliber players Fanendo Adi, Fatai Alashe, and Pa Konate, supporters are beginning to see how serious FCC is about making a statement. As the club moves into the MLS season come 2019, supporters may forget about the roster additions the club made moving into this season. With the addition of players such as Nazmi Albadawi, Emmanuel Ledesma, and Forrest Lasso, to name a few, supporters knew the front office was putting in the work to make this season exciting.
Throughout the season, supporters begin to feel attached to the players and show their support in numerous ways; e.g tifos, personalized jerseys, chants, etc. Supporters take the time to learn about these players, their families, and grow to love them even though many of these players may not be part of the club come 2019. Coming into this season, FCC brought back 7 players from the 2017 season; Matt Bahner, Sem De Wit, Justin Hoyte, Kenney Walker, Jimmy McLaughlin, Corben Bone, and Danni Konig. Berding has been quoted stating he expects to bring 4-10 players from the current roster into the MLS. Though it was expected, that means supporters will be seeing many new faces come 2019.
Have you ever wondered what happened to former FCC players? Do they still play soccer? Are they still in the area? As a more recent supporter of FC Cincinnati, I have yet to deal with the heartbreak of falling in love with a player only to watch them be transferred in the offseason. In this post, I will discuss former FCC players and where they are now. Many of you heard about Mitch Hildebrandt’s move to Atlanta United and Harrison Delbridge’s move to Melbourne City but there are many players from FCC’s past that continue to play in the USL and that will be my focus in this post.
Luke Spencer – Forward - Louisville City FC
• Cincinnati native who played with Xavier University prior to joining FCC
• Only saw action in 11 of the 30 games with FCC in 2016
• 11 Goals/5 Assists for Louisville City FC in 2017
Pat McMahon – Defender - Louisville City FC
• Signed with FCC in 2016 and played in 29 matches during the inaugural season
• Saw action in only 2 matches during the 2017 campaign
• Signed with Louisville City FC in 2018 and has played in 11 matches this season
Kyle Greig – Forward - Saint Louis FC
• Joined FCC in 2017 on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps
• Started in 10 matches and played in 18 but ended the season without a goal or assist
• Has played in 20 matches for Saint Louis FC where he has scored 8 goals and delivered 1 assist
Kadeem Dacres – Forward/Winger - Saint Louis FC
• Joined FCC in 2017 as a free agent after playing the previous two seasons with Louisville City FC
• Started in 11 matches out of the 22 he played in
• Has played in 16 matches for Saint Louis FC where he is scoreless on 16 shots but has 2 assists
Aodhan Quinn – Midfielder - Orange County SC
• Joined FCC in 2017 after playing the previous two seasons with Louisville City FC
• Started in 14 matches out of the 18 he played in and finished the season with 2 goals
• Has started in all 23 games for OCSC this season and has 5 goals and 8 assists
Antoine Hoppenot – - Forward/Midfielder - Reno 1868 FC
• Drafted by the Philadelphia Union and was loaned to Harrisburg City Islanders in 2012
• Joined FCC in 2016 where he only saw time in 13 matches but did tally one assist
• 2017 - Played in all 33 games for Reno and finished the season with 12 goals and 6 assists
• 2018 – Seen action in 19 matches and has 1 goal and 8 assists
Note: All player statistics provided are taken from USL team website