FC Cincinnati has formally announced the extension of captain and MLS MVP candidate Luciano Acosta through 2026 with an option through 2027.
Acosta arrived in Cincinnati in 2021 as a Designated Player from Atlas Guadalajara and has only gotten better in an FCC uniform as the seasons have gone on.
The FCC captain has appeared in a total of 101 matches in all competitions since arriving in Cincinnati and is already the club’s record-holder for goals and assists in Major League Soccer with 31 and 40, respectively. Those MLS numbers together give Acosta 71 goal contributions, which according to the FCC news release is second in all of MLS.
Since joining the team, Acosta has logged over 2,500 minutes in all three seasons and will almost assuredly pass 3,000 minutes in 2023 by season’s end.
“Lucho is a tremendously important player for our team and our club,” Chris Albright, FC Cincinnati general manager, said in an FCC news release. “He’s clearly one of the best players in our league, capable of producing the spectacular moments that win you games. His winning mentality, along with his continued growth as a leader and a captain, have allowed Lucho to become the best version of himself. It’s apparent how connected he feels to our city and community, and we’re proud to have Lucho representing FC Cincinnati.”
In 2023, Acosta has seen his talents get to MVP-caliber, as Acosta is second in MLS with 14 goals and has also assisted eight times, with the latter stat only down due to the tumultuous 2023 season for FCC’s strikers.
Acosta joined those season stats with his naming as the captain of the 2023 MLS All-Star Team in a return to Washington, D.C. in July.
“This club is very special, it’s my family,” Acosta said. “Every time I go out on the field, I give my life for this city, for these fans, for these colors, for this club. That is what makes it so special for me, because they are my family. I hope to win many things with this team, with this city, and give back the joy that the fans give us all the time, every weekend, every day and return that love with a title.”
2022 was Acosta’s coming-out-season with FCC, much like the team as a whole, as the #10 scored 10 times, assisted 12 times and was named to the MLS Best XI and the MLS All-Star Team.