FC Cincinnati announced a two-year extension for defender Nick Hagglund through the end of the 2024 season.
The starting defender and Cincinnati man is currently FCC’s appearance leader across all competitions with 97, matches started with 83 and minutes played with 7,116, according to an FCC news release.
“We are proud to extend Nick and have him with us through 2024,” Chris Albright, FC Cincinnati general manager, said in a press release. “His leadership within our group is invaluable, and his connection to our community and fans embodies the spirit of our organization.”
Hagglund, named FCC’s 2022 Defender of the Year, helped stabilize the position prior to the side’s rejuvenation thanks to Pat Noonan and Chris Albright. Then, with their addition, Hagglund was a steadying presence on the side, getting team highs in clearances (136), headed clearances (71) and interceptions (43).
“There is no place like home, whether it be the 513 or the 283, I’m incredibly proud to represent the city and continue to wear the FCC crest with pride,” Hagglund also said in the news release. “I want to thank my family, the front office, the coaches, the team staff, my teammates, and the incredible fans for all their unwavering support and devotion to consistently push the needle forward for this club. I am looking forward to helping the club and community of Cincinnati continue to build something great.”
This extension for Hagglund should allow Albright and the rest of the front office to feel comfortable trying to find a long-term option at the position knowing they have a high-floor guy such as him.