It’s Saturday, it’s match day, and FC Cincinnati is in Richmond for a matchup with the 12th place Kickers. The big news ahead of today’s match is the loan of 20 year old Panamanian Cristián Martinez from Columbus Crew SC to the Orange and Blue. The deal is on a game-by-game basis, and provides some cover while Djiby Fall and Andy Craven serve multiple game disciplinary suspensions.
It’s unclear quite where Martinez fits into the picture for FC Cincinnati. The press release refers to him a forward. However, Crew SC lists him as a midfielder and the reports out of Panama about his signing for Columbus refer to him as the same. He may be able to play forward, but seems more likely to play elsewhere in an attacking three, or behind the lead striker. Saturday’s match will provide some answers if Koch is bold enough to put him into the lineup straight away.
Martinez was acquired permanently by Crew SC in January after being on loan there from Chorrillo of Liga Panameña de Fútbol in 2016. He’s made a handful of appearances with Crew SC, scored one goal in MLS, and was also loaned to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds where he made eight appearances. Here’s the video of his MLS goal.
The announcement comes on the heels of a report via Soc Takes on Thursday night that FC Cincinnati is in the process of signing veteran forward Danni König from OKC Energy. The 30 year old Danish striker is known for his breakout 22 goal season with OKC in 2015.
FC Cincinnati currently has eight attacking players on the roster if you include the wingers. Martinez’s short term signing provides an additional attacking option while two are suspended and certainly makes sense. It will also be interesting to see if Martinez might stick around further into FC Cincinnati’s season.
If they do in fact sign König to a permanent deal, it raises additional questions. What does that mean for the playing time of Omar Cummings if König comes into the fold? Will Victor Mansaray get any chances to start as a lead striker? Are any of the current attacking options on the way out? Could König and Djiby both start once he’s back, and if so who sits? Time will tell.
FC Cincinnati in the Community
FC Cincinnati has been on the unfavorable side of some recent news given the red cards, suspensions, and a lukewarm start to the season. It was good to see them on the positive side as a result of their work in Cincinnati’s community.
On Tuesday they were at Cincinnati Children’s visiting with kids, signing autographs, and on the air at Seacrest Studios.
— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) May 4, 2017
On Friday, they announced the FC Cincinnati Community Fund, a partnership with the CRC to “create soccer and futsal courts in various areas throughout the city as well as run soccer clinics to engage underprivileged children in the Greater Cincinnati area.” More on the FC Cincinnati Community Fund here.
Good stuff. Hopefully all of this fine work will generate good karma and translate into a winning result tonight.