FC Cincinnati announced its roster decisions earlier Tuesday morning and multiple big-name players are, at the moment, not with the team.
FCC declined the options of eight players, of those being Tyler Blackett, Zico Bailey, Geoff Cameron, Allan Cruz, Ronald Matarrita, Nick Markanich, Ben Mines and Beckham Sunderland.
“I’d like to thank the players who are departing FC Cincinnati for their service and dedication to the club,” FC Cincinnati General Manager Chris Albright said. “We wish them all the best for the future,” said Albright.
The side also announced that it exercised the options of Álvaro Barreal, Evan Louro, Junior Moreno, Ian Murphy, and Alvas Powell.
FCC’s release said that “the club remains in discussion” with “some” of its players about their future with the club.
“First, thank you to the players and staff for everything they did to make this a memorable season,” Albright said. “Most importantly, I want to thank the fans for their incredible support all year long. We believe we have a strong core in place to continue to build a team that is worthy of that support, and we look forward to 2023.”
According to Laurel Pfahler on Twitter, Kenneth Vermeer, Dominique Badji and Yuya Kubo will also return next season for FCC.
A few players (Vermeer, Badji and Kubo) who had been under contracts expiring this year (as announced when signed) were not included as having options exercised but are back. So, either they got new deals that were not announced or their options were automatically triggered. 🤷♀️
— Laurel Pfahler (@LaurelPfahler) November 15, 2022
Following these roster moves, FCC now has 23 players on its rosters.
In the news release, FCC says the team has:
- Four goalkeepers: Roman Celentano, Alec Kann, Evan Louro, Kenneth Vermeer
- Six defenders: Álvaro Barreal, Ray Gaddis, Nick Hagglund, Matt Miazga, Ian Murphy, Alvas Powell
- Six midfielders: Luciano Acosta, Yuya Kubo, Stiven Jimenez, Junior Moreno, Obinna Nwobodo, Harrison Robledo
- Seven forwards: Isaac Atanga*, Dominique Badji, Brenner, Calvin Harris, Arquimides Ordoñez, Sergio Santos, Brandon Vazquez
Stay tuned for more information on roster moves and check out your CST podcast feeds for indepth analysis.