From: Zamość, Poland (international spot)
Former team: Out-of-contract, most recently with Deportivo de La Coruña of
Deal: Free transfer
Tytoń moves to FC Cincinnati with a wealth of top-flight experience and an impressive number of appearances in the Polish, German, Dutch, and Spanish first divisions. He can also boast 14 senior caps for Poland. So Tytoń comes with experience and a pedigree that few MLS goalkeepers can match. At one point in his career, while with PSV Eindhoven at age 24, Tytoń was worth as much a $5.5M on the open market.
So why was he out of contract? That’s a good question. We reached out to Amerykańska Piłka
Tytoń joined his most recent club, Deportivo de La Coruña, from VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 2016. He made that move for an impressive 2.5M euro transfer fee. At that time, Deportivo de La Coruña were in La Liga, the first tier of Spanish soccer. He wasn’t able to claim the starting role in La Coruña, after arriving, however. He earned 13 starts during the ’16/’17 season, and that number dwindled to just 2 starts the following year. Deportivo de La Coruña were relegated at the end of that campaign, and Tytoń left the club in the summer.
It is Przepiórka’s understanding that Tytoń fell out of favor with the technical staff at Deportiva de La Coruña. He likely did not leave on the best of terms either. She referenced a Sport.pl article where the Sporting Director of Deportivo leveled some harsh criticism at the goalkeeper. Przepiórka tells us that “from October 1, he’s been training with Wisła Płock in the Polish Ekstraklasa. He could join the team, but he wants to play at a higher level.”
Interestingly, about the same time last season, Tyton had offers from other MLS teams, but those teams remained unnamed in the La Voz de Galicia report. Przepiórka told us that “he should have gone then, but he wanted to stay in Europe.” That reticence is understandable for a player that had been competing at such a high level for most of his career.
Tytoń is no doubt a highly-talented keeper with top-level credentials. Przepiórka tells us that “once he was one of the best Polish goalkeepers. If Cincy is interested in him, both will definitely benefit from the offer.” After his experience in La Coruña, he also fits the mold of a player with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. Luke Sassano, Alan Koch, and Jack Stern obviously like what they see. The price is right too, so Tytoń now looks set to become FC Cincinnati’s #1 for the inaugural MLS season. Witać Przemysław!