UPDATE: FC Cincinnati has officially completed the sale of star striker Brandon Vazquez to Liga MX side CF Monterrey.
“Cincinnati holds a special place in my heart,” Vazquez said. “The best years of my career have been here, and I’ll cherish the memories I’ve had here forever. Having Cincinnati fans behind my back for the past four years have pushed me to be able to achieve what I have been able to do. Not only me, but the team, I know every single player feels the exact same way. This city is special, and I love it. Cincinnati, I have been so grateful for your support since day one. I just want to say thank you.”
Vazquez has been with FCC since the team traded for him in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft with Nashville SC. He has made 127 appearances for FCC in that time, only trailing Nick Hagglund for the most in club history.
“We’d like to thank Brandon for all his contributions to FC Cincinnati,” Chris Albright, FC Cincinnati general manager, said. “He was a centerpiece of the team that brought FC Cincinnati its first trophy, and he’ll forever be part of the fabric of this club. He’s an incredibly talented player and an even better person, and we look forward to his future success. We wish Brandon and his family all the best.”
ORIGINAL STORY: FC Cincinnati has reportedly finalized a move to sell forward Brandon Vazquez to CF Monterrey for a fee of up to $8.5 million, as reported by The Athletic’s Tom Bogert.
Vazquez joined FCC prior to the 2020 season in a trade with Nashville SC for $150,000 GAM. After being a rotational sub for his first two years with the club, Vazquez was able to earn a starting spot at the beginning of the 2022 season, where he led the team with 18 goals and eight assists, which included the game-winner in FC Cincinnati’s first MLS Playoff win against the New York Red Bulls.
This run of form allowed him to earn a call-up to the U.S. Men’s National Team, where he got his first Senior Cap in January 2023 and scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Serbian National Team.
Since earning his first call-up, Vazquez has been called up to the USMNT several times, including for the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup and has earned eight caps and scored four goals.
While his scoring output dropped in the 2023 MLS regular season (eight goals and four assists) he showed up in the matches that counted, including goals in each of the US Open Cup and MLS Cup Playoff semifinals and a Hat Trick against Chivas Guadalajara in the Leagues Cup.
All told, Vazquez scored 39 goals with 17 assists in all competitions for FCC