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FCC has new faces as the ’24 season begins

FC Cincinnati (FCC) have seen quite a few additions and subtractions from their record season in MLS. No new coaches at least! The entire coaching staff has received raises. But every year players desire to move to bigger clubs. In fact every year the roster undergoes some changes. This 2024 preseason has transpired into Cincinnati’s most active.


Finding replacements and letting players go is always tough. But Chris Albright, GM for FC Cincinnati, might have already etched his name as a potential GM of the year again in 2024. As he said in an interview with MLS soccer, “Success in a cap league is often difficult to deal with.”


Here are most of the changes in the roster fans will see this year. Let’s leave the cap discussion to another day!


Additions to FCC


Luca Orellano – Right Wing

Status: On Loan from Vasco da Gama

Birthplace: Argentina

Notes: Most recent addition to FCC. He has experience playing varied positions on the pitch. Clearly this was a move to replace recently departed Alvaro Barreal.



Miles Robinson – Center Back

Status: Signed a one year contract with a team option for 2025

Notes: Miles spent seven years with Atlanta FC. He has started on the US Men’s National Team for the past few years, even scoring the decisive header in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the 117th minute!


Hopefully he decides to stay longer than one year. He is solidly in his prime.



Corey Baird – Forward

Status: Signed a one year contract with a team option for 2025

Notes: Corey was a three-time NCAA champion with Stanford. Baird has spent time with MLS clubs Houston Dynamo FC, LAFC, and Real Salt Lake. He was a former MLS Rookie of the Year in 2018, was featured on the USMNT in four appearances in 2019 and is the replacement for Brandon Vazquez.


“I couldn’t be more excited to join FC Cincinnati and meet the fans and my teammates…My first game of the season was at TQL Stadium last year, and the place was rocking!”



Pavel Bucha – Midfield

Status: Signed a two-year contract with a team option for a third.

Birthplace: Czech Republic

Notes: This could be the best of all the signings. Bucha has Champions League experience with his old club, FC Viktoria Plzen. Last year he started 41 matches in 45 total appearances in all club competitions. The 25 year old Bucha scored six goals and an assist in his former club’s 2023-24 season.


Pavel will be a huge upgrade over Junior Moreno!



Subtractions from FCC


Brandon Vazquez – Moved to Monterray in Liga MX, the Mexican league. He has tallied five goals in six matches. Big shoes to fill here


Alvaro Barreal – When he never received a look from any European teams, the former winger basically asked to be sent pretty much anywhere. Club loaned him to Brazil’s Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. But this could change. Pat Brennan with gave more on X.



Ray Gaddis – As of now, the Cincinnati fan favorite has retired. Again! The former West Virginia University grad has decided to pursue a new challenge in his life. If the former Cincinnati Red, Sean Casey, was “The Mayor,” Gaddis deserves his own moniker. I say, “The Reverend.” Highly respected man of God who is highly regarded and loved by all who meet him. He will be revered in Cincinnati for quite some time, just as he is in Philadelphia, as a former Union icon.


Junior Moreno –  Left Cincinnati for the Saudi Pro Soccer League side, Al-Hazem. 


Other departures: Yerson Mosquera, Santiago Arias, and Dominique Badji.


FCC starts their Supporter’s Shield defense today at 2:30 PM at TQL Stadium. And with that, the 2024 season is underway!

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