FC Cincinnati has signed Arquimides “Quimi” Ordonez as a new Homegrown Player, the club announced on Saturday. Ordonez, who is 17 and listed as a forward on the FCC website, has been immediately added to the FCC roster and is available for team selection for the 2021 MLS season.
“We are delighted to sign Quimi as our second FC Cincinnati Academy product to a first-team contract as a Homegrown Player,” general manager Gerard Nijkamp said in an FCC news release. “We saw continued growth from Ordonez throughout the 2021 season, as he spent time training with our first team roster and in the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs. Based on his performances and ability to adjust to a professional environment, we feel he has earned this opportunity within our roster.”
Ordonez joined the FCC Academy in the 2019-20 season, which was the program’s inaugural season. Then, in the 2021 MLS NEXT season, he made a combined eight starts, with three of them in the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs.
In that 2019-20 season, Ordonez made 14 appearances, 13 of them starts, and he scored six goals in those matches.
Prior to joining the FCC Academy, he played for the Columbus Crew SC academy. In the 2018-19 season, he made 22 appearances and scored nine goals. During the 2017-18 season with the U16-17’s, he made one appearance. He made 22 appearances with eight goals in the 2017-18 season with the U-15’s. He made four appearances and scored one goal in the 2016-17 season with the U14’s and 21 appearances and tallied 12 goals in the 2016-17 season with the U13’s.