After finishing last in
its first MLS season, FC Cincinnati moved quickly to make decisions on players from its 2019 roster.
It will move into the offseason with 22 players under contract for 2020 and two
players -- Emmanuel Ledesma
and Jimmy McLaughlin
-- whom it continues to negotiate with.
The club declined options on only three players: Roland Lamah
and Justin Hoyte
. In addition, Victor Ulloa
and Nazmi Albadawi
are out of contract.
“It is never easy to make decisions that affect your players
personally at the end of the season,” GM Gerard Nijkamp
said. “We had to take an evaluative approach after this season and really look hard at who we believe will fit into our
system going forward. There were some very tough decisions to be made, but ultimately our goal is put an improved product on the field in 2020."
The players still under contract will
begin offseason work next week.
“We wanted to make these decisions for next year known now so that players who will not be back with us next year gain time to find a new playing
situation for 2020,” Nijkamp added. “When we begin our three weeks of postseason training next week, we anticipate having those players who could be back with us next year out on the
field.” Under contract for 2020 (16):
Maikel van der Werff
Kendall Waston Contract options exercised (6):