FC Cincinnati made two selections in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft in center back Brian Schaefer from the University of South Florida and midfielder/forward Kenji Mboma Dem from the University of Dayton. FCC’s third-round selection from the draft was used to trade for CB Kipp Keller from Austin FC.
FCC’s first pick in the draft, the 27th overall selection, was used to select the experienced South Florida Bulls CB Schaefer. He made 53 overall appearances for the Bulls with 44 of them being starts. In those matchups, Schaefer tallied five goals and three assists.
During his time with the Bulls, he was named to the American Athletic Conference Second-Team All-Conference in 2022 and was an AAC All-Rookie selection in 2020.
According to the FCC news release, Scahefer “impressed” in his freshman season at South Florida, as he made an appearance in all 10 matches for the Bulls, eight of them starts. In that season, Schaefer scored twice, which included opening his score sheet with a game-winner against nationally-ranked Tulsa.
With FCC’s second pick in the draft, the 56th overall pick, the side picked midfielder/forward Kenji Mboma Dem from the University of Dayton.
Mboma Dem played for the Flyers in his senior season and picked up nine goals in 15 appearances, all starts. That included six goals in his final five starts, being named First Team All-Atlantic 10.
Prior to being with the Flyers, Mboma Dem transferred from Nebraska Omaha following 42 appearances. In that time, he scored 12 goals and tallied 12 assists. While with Nebraska Omaha, he also was named to the All-Summit Conference Newcomer Team (2020) and All-Summit First Team (2021).