FC Cincinnati announced the much anticipated signing of an additional striker. Oluwatomiwo “Tomi” Ameobi, a native of Newcastle, England has signed a contract with the Orange and Blue and will begin training with the team this week, pending USL and federation approval. This is the second international player that FC Cincinnati has signed to their roster after having signed the maximum of 7 international players. It is believed that FC Cincinnati is using the new USL rule to buy international roster spots from other teams.
Ameobi joins FCC from NASL team, FC Edmonton, where he played from 2014-17, scored 21 goals, had 7 assists and made 95 appearances, including 79 starts. He brings along international experience including time in the English lower leagues (2007-2010), the Icelandic league (2011-2012), and a year in Finland (2013) before signing with FC Edmonton.
Ameobi is a big forward at 6’3″ and at 29 years old, brings experience to the team while also still being in his prime. His size suggests a classic “number 9” holdup striker, but highlight videos of his time at FC Edmonton also show Ameobi is quick and able to get on the end of crosses or beat defenders.
Twice a Cosmo, a SB Nation blog covering the New York Cosmos, had this to say about FC Cincinnati’s new striker:
“Surprisingly, Ameobi didn’t get nominated for any NASL league awards. The attacker was surely one of the only bright spots in the Eddies campaign, especially when they were struggling.”
“Ameobi stands out for his constant drive to see out games, something the Cosmos couldn’t do much of this past season. “
Coach Koch commented on the addition of Ameobi to the quad. “Tomi is a big, strong and quick striker who has a fantastic work-rate. He is a man of talent and exceptional character who is a welcome addition to our squad. We look forward to getting him up to match fitness as quickly as possible so that he can have a major influence on the team.”
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@billwwolf for @CincySoccerTalk