FC Cincinnati Signs Winger Dacres from Rival

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Rosedale, New York, native Kadeem Dacres spent last season terrorizing USL fullbacks with Louisville City FC. In 2017, he’ll suit up for the Orange and Blue as a key part of the second year club’s attack. On Thursday morning, FC Cincinnati announced Dacres’ signing as well as the re-signing of midfielder Eric Stevenson.

Read the FC Cincinnati press release

Dacres will arrive in Cincinnati following a two goal, two assist regular season with rival Louisville City. The 25 year old scored the decisive goal in Louisville City’s 2016 playoff victory against the Charleston Battery, sending LCFC to the Eastern Conference finals (see 2 minute mark).

Although his 2016 numbers aren’t gaudy, he stood out in the three games he played against FC Cincinnati. He is an electric attacker with pace, dribbling skills, and the ability to create and score goals.

The MLS site elaborates on his attributes as a player: “He’s tough. Good body: Athletic … Hard player. You knew he was going to bring it with everything he had. … Good wide left, tricky, fast, strong, tough. Good feet.” [MLS Soccer]

Dacres will likely take up position on the wing, opposite of Jimmy McLaughlin. That tandem of wingers, along with a marquee striker to replace Sean Okoli, should provide a fearsome strike force for the 2017 campaign. The signing of Dacres could mean that Andrew Wiedeman continues to plays more centrally in attack as he did toward the end of last season. The final shape of the 2017 offense clearly depends on what additional signings FC Cincinnati makes.

Dacres was drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2014 but not signed. He’s made 73 USL appearances with Arizona United (now Phoenix Rising) and Louisville City since then.

The signing is also interesting in the context of the Dirty River Derby. FC Cincinnati’s Kentucky rival has now lost both Chandler Hoffman and Dacres, two key components of their potent 2016 offense. There’s clearly time left before the start of the season, but Louisville City’s attack looks considerably diminished at the moment.

Looking for more video of the man in action?  His 2015 season highlights are available here.

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4 thoughts

  1. Dacres is a nice peice to add. However I feel like he is more of a supplement to weidaman and McLaughlin rather than an alternative to Okoli. He has great pace and attacking nature that is better than McLaughlin and weidaman. But he does not strike me as central attacking threat like Okoli was. We could put him opposite of McLaughlin and have weidaman shift to central attacking position but that is not weidamans natural position either. They still need a finisher that is going to put himself in scoring position and win crosses in the air. But we might have an even more immediate need at central midfield. We did not have a dominant midfielder to either control attacking tempo nor to dominate on defense. Addressing this need should be a priority next I think.

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    1. Yep, I expect a pure striker to be signed. Berding said he wanted 62 goals next season, that won’t happen without a proven striker and then some. Agree re midfield too, USL is physical…we need players that can match that AND pass the ball. Can be tough to find at this level though.

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      1. This may sound crazy but what do you think oh Harrison Delbridge at that center midfield position. The guy is tough big and physical. He can handle the ball well enough and could play more defensive mid position. What do you think?

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      2. I like the outside of the box thinking! Since Delbo was all USL first team at center back tho, I think he’s staying put. I hope to see a signing in central midfield. We’ll see.

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