FC Cincinnati pulled off a major coup on Friday by completing the signing of Louisville City FC’s 2016 team captain Aodhan Quinn. Quinn joins former teammate Kadeem Dacres as the second player to head to “the show,” and move up from Louisville to Cincinnati this offseason.
Quinn is a three year veteran of the USL. He spent one year with pre-MLS Orlando City SC in 2014 before moving to Cincinnati’s Eastern conference rival Louisville City. The San Diego, California, native is a 6-foot tall attacking midfielder and free kick specialist who had 3 goals and 3 assists last season. Did I mention free kicks? Before Sean Okoli was making the SportsCenter Top 10, Aodhan Quinn was doing it.
The 24 year old Quinn is no stranger to the Buckeye State. He spent three years playing collegiately for the Akron Zips, where he was a MAC Hermann trophy (most valuable college soccer player) semifinalist in 2013. He was picked 52nd overall in the 2014 MLS Superdraft by the Philadelphia Union (another FCC player with Union ties along with Berry, Hoppenot, and McLaughlin), but was not signed to a contract.
Apparently Quinn got the funny coach when he was at the MLS combine, based on his 2014 Coaches’ Assessment:
“Quinn is a good all-around attacking midfielder who can score goals and keep possession. He’s developed solid technique over his college career,…Quinn’s best quality is his high workrate and his drive to succeed… and not a small amount of confidence. “Aodhan thinks he’s a lot better than he maybe is,” one coach says.” [MLS]
Aodhan’s father, Brian Quinn, is from Belfast, Ireland, and spent time in the English Premier League with Everton during the early 80s. He then moved to the US to play in the NASL and MISL. He also made 48 appearances for the US national team.
Aodhan Quinn made 28 appearances last year captaining LCFC to a 2nd place Eastern Conference finish and a trip to the final four of the playoffs. With his talent, leadership, and experience, he’ll likely go straight into the starting eleven…but who will he displace? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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