In the grand scheme of things, FC Cincinnati has a short but rich history here in the city and in American soccer. Aside from its dismal inaugural MLS season, the club has provided many incredible moments not only in the city but on the American soccer scene. The club and its fans showed an incredible passion that undoubtedly helped land the club into the MLS. This is the final part of a series where we take a look at a few of the names from years past in FC Cincinnati history and what they are doing now.
Danni Konig is one of the most prolific goal scorers in FC Cincinnati history. Konig was acquired via trade with Oklahoma City Energy FC in May of 2017, and the rest was history. In his 57 appearances for the Orange and Blue, Konig tallied 22 goals and added four assists. Konig left the club after the historic 2018 season to head back to his native Denmark. After almost three months off, Konig joined Danish First Division side Lyngby BK and was there until the end of the season, making 14 appearances. During that time, Konig bagged five goals. At the end of the season, Konig left the club and has since joined Danish Second Division side Bronshoj Bk for the 2019/2020 season. This season, Konig has scored once in his nine appearances.
Baye Djiby Fall, also known as just Djiby, is a cult hero in the eyes of FC Cincinnati fans. In his first season with FCC, he scored one of the most iconic goals in the clubs history, the lone goal in FC Cincinnati’s 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup. Djiby spent one season with FCC, scoring 16 goals and adding three assists in his 29 appearances for the club. Those would be the last goals Djiby scored in his professional career. After the 2017 season, Djiby went overseas and signed with Hobro IK of the Danish First Division. Djiby only made 13 appearances with the Superliga side, failing to get on the score sheet. The 2018-19 season was Djiby’s last. After the season, Djiby retired from professional soccer.
When FC Cincinnati was announced, Omar Cummings was by far the biggest acquisition the club made. Cummings had a very successful MLS and international career. His arrival in Cincinnati was toward the end of a solid career, and after his two years in Cincinnati, Cummings called it quits, retiring after FC Cincinnati’s friendly against Valencia. After hanging up his cleats, Cummings took an ambassador role with the club, getting out amongst the community.
Defender Matt Bahner spent two seasons with FC Cincinnati, making 44 appearances with the Orange and Blue. While he never scored a goal for FCC, he did have two assists during the 2017 season. After the 2018 season, Bahner and the club parted ways before FC Cincinnati’s inaugural MLS season. He was not without work, as he signed with St. Louis FC of the USL Championship. In 2019, Bahner saw action in 31 matches in USL Championship and U.S. Open Cup play. During league play, Bahner scored one goal and added three assists. Bahner is expected to feature once again for the USL Championship side for the 2020 season.
Kadeem Dacres was a player who never seemed to catch on here in the Queen City, but his stints outside of Cincinnati have been successful. The Jamaican winger spent the 2017 season with FC Cincinnati, making 25 appearances, failing to get on the score sheet. After that season, Dacres signed with St. Louis FC for the 2018 season. In 2018, Dacres saw action in 30 matches, scoring two goals and adding three assists in all competitions and 1,986 minutes. The 2019 season was a better season for Dacres, seeing more action for the club and making more of an impact on the score sheet. Dacres saw action in 37 matches in the USL Championship and U.S. Open Cup, including the U.S. Open Cup victory over his former club, FC Cincinnati. Even though he failed to score in the Open Cup, Dacres scored four times and added an assist in 33 USL Championship matches. Like his current St. Louis FC and former FC Cincinnati teammate Bahner, look for Dacres to be a big part of the 2020 season for St. Louis FC.