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Reports: FC Cincinnati adding two MLS players to bolster roster for rest of 2018, MLS debut in 2019

Fanendo Adi, Fatai Alashe to join Orange and Blue
Posted at 9:35 PM, Jul 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-29 22:43:54-04

CINCINNATI –  FC Cincinnati may have just won the United Soccer League championship, WCPO's Ken Broo reports.

FC Cincinnati is getting a head start on filling its Major League Soccer roster for next year by bringing in two MLS stars now to finish the current USL season, according to soccer media

ESPN soccer commentator Taylor Twellman was first to report on Twitter that FC Cincinnati has signed Fanendo Adi from the Portland Timbers and Fatai Alashe from the San Jose Earthquakes.

FC Cincinnati has announced a news conference for noon Monday for the “introduction of FC Cincinnati’s first two MLS-rostered players.” FC Cincinnati’s release didn’t reveal the players.

Adi, a 27-year-old high-scoring striker from Nigeria, scored the winning goal in the Timbers’ 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo Saturday night. Adi was Portland's second-highest paid player ($1.275M base).

Alashe, a 24-year-old defensive midfielder from Northville, Michigan, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He made a $107K base salary from San Jose.

SEE Adi's player profile and Alashe's player profile

Both players have recently found playing time harder to come by under new coaches, according to a story on but they will bring major-league skills and experience to FC Cincinnati.

Adi had 54 goals and 14 assists in five regular seasons, plus two goals and an assist in Portland's run to the 2015 MLS Cup. He was a Timbers' mainstay from his signing in June 2014 through the 2017 season. Under a new head coach ths year, he was limited to 823 minutes in 14 appearances.

Alashe was an Earthquakes' regular in his first two years in the league, 2015-16. He recently was the center of a sideline argument with manager Mikael Stahre following his substitution.  

FC Cincinnati is leading the USL standings in its third season, but it’s still looking for its first playoff win.