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Report: Fanendo Adi, Fatai Alashe heading to FC Cincinnati


FC Cincinnati may not be in Major League Soccer until 2019, but it looks like they are already preparing their MLS roster.

According to ESPN’s Taylor Twellman, Portland’s Fanendo Adi and San Jose’s Fatai Alashe are headed to the 2019 expansion club after being linked to moves in recent weeks.

The Oregonian reported on Saturday that Adi, 27, would be on his way out of Portland after requesting a move earlier in the week, but couldn’t confirm his destination. He scored the game winning goal for the Timbers in their 2-1 triumph over the Houston Dynamo at Providence Park later that evening and thanked the club for his five seasons there afterwards.

Since joining the club in June 2014, Adi was a regular for then head coach Caleb Porter. He has scored 54 goals in 126 appearances since then, but has seen his playing time limited under Giovanni Savarese.

Alashe, 24, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft from Michigan State University. A defensive midfielder, Alashe has five goals in 85 appearances with the Earthquakes but has also seen decreased playing time under first-year head coach Mikael Stahre.

FC Cincinnati are currently atop the USL’s Eastern Conference with a 13-3-5 record under head coach Alan Koch. They will become the 24th MLS franchise next season.


  1. As a Dynamo fan it’s kind of squirrely if Adi, who has been routinely benched of late, and is already shipped out to Cincy and will be sent down after an official announcement, magically gets to play over the weekend against a rival conference opponent before it gets announced.

    • What conspiracies are you scraping together? Houston is not one of the Timbers rivals? Adi has been benched because he does not fit well into the new formations Gio Savarese plays. A transfer was in both the player and front offices best interest, no point keeping 1.9 million salary on the bench. Adi playing Saturday was his choice and the front office allowed him. Odd considering a transfer was in the works but his next MLS match would not be until March 2019. There is much mutual respect by fans, franchise, and Adi. When healthy he is good for 16 goals a year, excellent target guy, soft feet, strong, tough, and always shows up to play.

  2. “Fanendo Adi & Fatai Alashe will be in Cincinnati to finish the 2018 @USL season. #MLS #MLSALLSTAR” wow, looks like cincy will be unstoppable to lift the usl cup, maybe? unless drogba/phoenix can stop them?

  3. securing a good defensive mid seems to be one of the keys to success to making the jump to mls imo. a kyle beckerman, someone who will fearlessly tackle anything that moves in midfield. good on cincy if alashe is that guy for them.


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