FC Cincinnati aim to win USL Cup and build for MLS with Adi and Alashe

In shocking US soccer news, FC Cincinnati has reportedly acquired Fanendo Adi and Fatai Alashe.

Already leading the USL’s Eastern Conference, FC Cincinnati locked themselves in as a front-runner to win the 2018 USL Cup by acquiring MLS players Fanendo Adi and Fatai Alashe. The club announced both signings today.

Adi played his final match for Portland Timbers over the weekend against Houston Dynamo. He scored his 60th goal for the club in a storybook ending to his time in Rose City. Adi is a big, powerful striker, who twice tallied 16 goals in an MLS season.

Fatai Alashe had a less positive departure from his former club. A move away from San Jose Earthquakes was almost a certainty after he got into an argument with head coach Mikael Stahre earlier this month. The holding midfielder is still only 24 years old and has 85 career MLS appearances with five goals and two assists.

Bringing in two players with proven pedigree in Major League Soccer, FC Cincinnati puts themselves in a great position for the present and future. This season, they add two great players to a club already first in their conference. The battle-tested duo of Adi and Alashe could play a huge part in FC Cincy finally seeing some major playoff success. Next season, when the club joins MLS, they already have two quality pieces down the middle of the pitch. Adi is known as a dangerous striker and Alashe can help control a match in the midfield.

With these moves alone, the big spending Southern Ohio side makes a massive statement in the USL and MLS.


Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.