The offseason moves continue to add up for FC Cincinnati. As they draw closer to preseason camp, GM Jeff Berding and Head Coach John Harkes continue to add depth to the FCC roster. The club announced today that forward Daryl Fordyce and defender Matt Bahner have joined the team.
Fordyce, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, spent the past 4 seasons with FC Edmonton becoming the top scorer in the club’s history. He had 7 goals last season for the Canadian side in 30 games played. Fordyce began his soccer career when he joined the Rangers FC (Scottish Premier League) academy at the age of 10. He moved from Rangers to Portsmouth at the age of 16 and also spent time with then League One side AFC Bournemouth. He’s also had international football experience as well playing with Northern Ireland’s U-16 and U-23 squads.
— Daryl Fordyce (@DarylFordyce) January 16, 2017
“Daryl has had a lot of success in the NASL in recent years and we feel very confident that he will come into our league and be a successful attacking option for our team,” said Head Coach John Harkes in a press release. “Daryl is the consummate professional and he will help guide some of our younger players as we continue to grow our club.”
Bahner has spent the past two years with the Jacksonville Armada of the NASL. He played in 46 matches and logged over 3700 minutes for them. He’s shown the ability to put the ball in the back of the net as well with 3 goals and 2 assists from defense. The Lakota West grad had a stellar high school career and moved onto UC and excelled on the collegiate level. He was a 4-year starter and earned All-Big East second team recognition in 2010. He scored 13 goals, 7 of which were game-winning tallies.
— Matthew Bahner (@Bahnes_17) January 16, 2017
“We are excited to welcome Matt home to Cincinnati,” said Harkes. “It is something special to be able to play in front of your hometown fans and we know Matt is looking forward to embracing this experience. We feel he can come in and compete to start for our team immediately. He is an experienced, versatile defender who can be utilized in any position across our back four.”
— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) January 16, 2017
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