On Friday, FC Cincinnati announced the signing of three new players for the 2017 season, forward Andy Craven and midfielders Aaron Walker and Marco Dominguez.
Aaron Walker made FC Cincinnati’s roster via the December open tryouts and will add depth in midfield. Recall that Omar Mohamed made the 2016 roster via the same route and saw a respectable amount of playing time. Let’s hope Walker, a Woodstock, GA native, can make a similar contribution this season. Walker has a personal highlight reel published on Youtube so you can see him in action. The highlights are taken from his 2015 spell with BÍ/Bolungarvik in the Icelandic 1st Division.
It’s interesting to note that FC Cincinnati now has two players with the surname Walker on their roster, which is more Walkers than any other USL club. This is a good move. It could be the first step in a strategy of stockpiling Walkers that sees the second year club accumulate as many as five by 2020.
Marco Dominguez is also a central midfielder and comes to Cincinnati from USL’s recently dissolved FC Montréal. He is a product of the Montréal Impact academy and has represented Canada at the U17 and U20 level. He’s has a physical presence and based on this 2015 academy video, has the ability to strike from range.
The 20 year old Quebec native started half of FC Montréal’s 2016 matches and contributed two assists. FC Cincinnati needed to reinforce their defensive midfield with a player that can deal with USL’s physicality, but still play the team’s passing and possession based style. Dominguez appears to fit the bill.
The race for the best hair on the 2017 FC Cincinnati roster is clearly heating up.
Andy Craven joins FC Cincinnati from USL’s OKC Energy, after spending time in the Seattle Sounders organization. In 2015, Craven made history in a two different ways. Craven has the distinction of being the first ever goal scorer in Seattle Sounders 2 history.
Craven also became the first ever player to be added to the Seattle Sounders’ MLS roster from USL’s Seattle Sounders 2. He split time between the Sounders 2 and OKC in 2016, scored three times, and brings flowing locks that can balance out Pat McMahon’s man bun on the back line. Andrew Wiedeman will be difficult to knock off his lofty perch at the top the FCC hair pyramid, but he’ll have fend off more long-haired competition this year to retain his crown.
Will any of these three will break into FC Cincinnati’s first eleven, or the will they simply provide depth to the squad. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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