FC Cincinnati announces rosters for first youth academy teams

FC Cincinnati’s has announced the rosters for their first academy teams to begin play in 2019-2020.

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In preparation for its first official training sessions at the Mercy Health Training Center on August 1, FC Cincinnati has announced the rosters for its Under-16/17 and Under-15 academy teams. Both academy teams will participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy starting in the 2019-2020 season.

The roster for the Under-16/17 team, with the player’s former club in parentheses, is listed below:

Will Bencic (Columbus Crew SC Academy), Will Bernhard (Kings Hammer Academy), Jean Claude Bikorimana (Lexington FC), Andrew Boettcher (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Garrett Borgman (Javanon FC), Jack Drabenstott (Columbus Crew SC Academy), Gage Foster (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Caleb Frakes (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Charlie Hamann (Kings Hammer Academy), Manuel Gutierrez (PSG Florida Academy), Sam Hughes (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Blake Ivey (Kings Hammer Academy), Akinni James (NASA Tophat), Ashton Kamdem (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Max Miller (Lexington FC), Ethan Mills (Cincinnati United Premier), Tacobi Nsimpasi (Lexington FC), Arquimides Ordonez (Columbus Crew SC Academy), Nathan Page (Cincinnati United Premier), Daniel Samways (Columbus Crew SC Academy), Grant Schafer (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Beckham Sunderland (Portland Timbers Academy), Nathan Vota (Cincinnati United Premier), Austin Welch (Columbus Crew SC Academy), Preston Welch (Columbus Crew SC Academy)

The roster for the Under-15 team, with the player’s former club in parentheses, is listed below:

Richard Arszman (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Silas Borgman (Javanon FC), Matthew Dreas (Kings Hammer Academy), Adam Enouen (Ohio Elite ECNL), Andrew Gaydosh (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Bennett Gerak (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Gavin Green (Kings Hammer Academy), James Jackson (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Gregory Jervier (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Grady Johnson (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Nicholas McHenry (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Ryder Mills (Columbus Crew SC Academy), Owen Parrish (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Adal Salinas (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Nicholas Samways (Columbus Crew SC Academy), Travis Smith (Javanon FC), Sam Vota (Cincinnati United Premier DA), Austin Wells (Cincinnati United Premier DA)

In today’s release from FC Cincinnati, Director of Player Development Larry Sunderland said, “We’re really enthusiastic to announce the inaugural rosters for the FC Cincinnati Academy. They’re very talented players who we’ve scouted and recruited locally, with collaboration from soccer clubs and coaches in the local market. We’re excited to provide this opportunity and to get on the field and play to formally introduce FC Cincinnati to our next generation of players.”

It is interesting to point out that a total of eight players joined FC Cincinnati’s academy system from Columbus Crew SC’s academy system. Not only will FC Cincinnati’s academy teams serve as the top level of youth development in the Greater Cincinnati region, but it will also allow Cincinnati’s best young talents to continue their growth as soccer players locally. The academy teams will play regional schedules against top MLS affiliated and non-MLS affiliated opponents and have the potential to play in other events against international teams.

FC Cincinnati’s youth academy is important because it allows the club to evaluate and scout the region’s best youth soccer players. The development of these players within FC Cincinnati’s academy could play a major impact on FC Cincinnati’s future success. With the proper development and coaching, FC Cincinnati could grow talent that could eventually make an impact in Major League Soccer.

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