Ulloa from Big D to Cincy + RUMORS

TRADE: Victor Ulloa acquired from FC Dallas

Age: 26
Position: Defensive midfielder
From: Chihuahua, Mexico (domestic roster spot with Homegrown Player designation)
Former team: FC Dallas
Market Value: $795K
Deal: $150,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM). Should Ulloa meet certain performance-based metrics, FC Cincinnati could send up to an additional $100,000 in GAM. In addition, FC Dallas will receive a percentage of any future transfer or loan fee should FC Cincinnati transfer Ulloa outside of MLS.

Big D on Ulloa

We touched base with Drew Epperley, managing editor of SB Nation’s Big D Soccer, to get his perspective on the Orange & Blue’s latest acquisition. Epperley witnessed Ulloa’s development as “an original FC Dallas Homegrown player from the academy.” Ulloa captained the FC Dallas Juniors in 2009 and was signed to an MLS contract the following year. He made his first-team debut in 2011 at age 19 and has 144 total MLS appearances for the FCD. Epperley had the following to say about Ulloa’s player attributes.

 “Cincinnati is getting a solid, experienced defensive midfielder for day one in this league. Ulloa knows his way around MLS midfields and provides a nice bit of coverage for any defense behind him. He’s not super outspoken, but he is definitely a leader both on and off the field.”

After years of stability and success, FC Dallas is undergoing major changes following the departure of long-term head coach Oscar Pareja, who left for Xolos in Liga MX. Personnel changes are part of that equation, and those included a move for Ulloa to FC Cincinnati.

Epperly remarked that a “change of scenery” might be good for Ulloa after being with FCD for his whole career. That change would also “provide (FC Dallas) the ability to bring up younger guys on the roster like Brandon Servania and Jacori Hayes who play in the same position.” Transfer strategy may also be a motive for the Texas club’s decision to deal Ulloa. 

“This is purely speculation, but he could have gone to Tijuana to re-link with Pareja, and FC Dallas didn’t want to sell him outright to Xolos. Or they couldn’t work out a deal quickly enough so it made sense to get some MLS allocation money for him as well as a portion of any transfer fee. “

Regardless, FC Cincinnati added another experienced MLS player with a defensive mindset to the roster. Alongside Fatai Alashe, the back line of the Orange & Blue should have plenty of midfield protection. Through three trade moves, including deals for Garza and Waston on Tuesday, the defensive prowess of Alan Koch’s side is looking a lot stronger for the upcoming season.

Transfer Rumors

The deals are coming thick and fast this week, and two more pieces of business look close to completion. The first is an international transfer deal for Polish goalkeeper, Przemyslaw Tyton. The 31-year-old has recently been out-of-contract, but he has a significant number of first-team appearances in the Spanish, Dutch, and Polish first divisions.

The second rumor is that FCC is close to acquiring 24-year-old Portland Timbers right back Alvas Powell. The Jamaican has 121 MLS appearances and has been capped 35 times by the “Reggae Boyz”.

If those two are signed, FC Cincinnati’s 2019 MLS roster will quickly climb to 20 total players. A big thanks to Drew at Big D for the insights. Go check out their stuff for high-caliber FC Dallas content – www.bigdsoccer.com. It’s one of my favorite SB Nation site. Stay tuned to Orange & Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s MLS roster build.

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