First released in a story by Tim Sullivan of the Louisville Courier-Journal, FC Cincinnati announced the signing of 2016 LouCity Captain Aodhan Quinn. Quinn an attacking midfielder played in 31 matches over the regular and post seasons during Louisville City’s 2016 campaign. The captain moving to FCC could be the another casualty for the two-time USL Eastern Conference semi-finalists after 2015 golden boot winner Matt Fondy left after their inaugural season.
FC Cincinnati also announced the re-signing of goalkeepers Dallas Jaye and Dan Williams. Jaye featured in two regular season matches and one open cup match for FC Cincinnati in 2016. William played in the Crystal Palace friendly, but made several two spectacular saves to deny CPFC.
In Sullivan’s story, Quinn is perceived to be leaving for greener pastures. LouCity coach James O’Connor says that matching Quinn’s new salary would have made it “hard to fill out the rest of the squad.” Quinn’s production was nothing to shake your head at contributing 3 goals and 5 assists.
— Aodhan Quinn (@AodhanQuinn) January 13, 2017
If Sullivan’s story is true, this could bring additional competition into a congested midfield with returners Kenney Walker, Corben Bone, Andrew Wiedeman and Eric Stevenson battling for minutes. This potential signing would give FC Cincinnati one of the best attacking midfielders in the USL and a linking player in attack.
The 2013 Mid American Conference Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist out of Akron was drafted in 2014 by the Philadelphia Union but was not offered a contract. Quinn signed with Adrian Heath and Orlando City that season and featured in 11 matches before being released when OCSC transitioned to MLS. Louisville City offered him a contract in their inaugural season where he played in 24 total matches scoring 2 goals and 2 assists.
His college scouting report comments on his great work rate, but his game management and passing must get better. You can say Quinn has improved in those areas with the uptick in assists and opportunities while in Louisville. This lost could be difficult to deal with for Louisville City FC and their fans. Quinn could be the second LouCity player to make the jump to FCC this season following the signing of Kadeem Dacres. Sullivan’s article also mentions the difficulties Louisville are facing due to their loss of revenue avenues while in Louisville Slugger Stadium, a minor league baseball field in the city.
The re-signings of Williams and Jaye are big for the Orange & Blue. Jaye has the makings of a potential star in the future and is one of the best backups in the USL. While we didn’t see Williams during the regular season, the squad has great things to say about him after the CPFC match.
These three signings now bring the FC Cincinnati roster up t0 24 players. While on Lance McAlister’s show on 700 WLW, GM Jeff Berding stated that they were still working on a “handful” of signings before the start of the season. With these three signings, I think it possible for FC Cincinnati to still add a couple more players to get to their 2016 total of 26 roster spots.
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