Press Release

FC Cincinnati acquire winger Isaac Atanga from Danish club FC Nordsjælland


CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati have acquired winger Isaac Atanga via transfer from Danish Superliga club FC Nordsjælland. FCC have signed Atanga to a three-year contract with an additional two option years.

Atanga, 20, will occupy an international roster spot and will be added to FC Cincinnati’s 2021 MLS roster upon the receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

“We have been working to add a winger that provides a different playing profile than the players that are currently on our roster,” FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp said. “Isaac is a player that attacks the opponent with pace and will create goal scoring opportunities by getting in behind the defense. We’re excited for Isaac to join our club and look forward to welcoming him to Cincinnati.”

Atanga has made 19 appearances, including 10 starts, scoring five goals across all competitions in the current Danish Superliga season.

In his career, the winger has made 58 career appearances, scoring 12 goals and adding five assists, across all competitions in two professional seasons in Denmark with FC Nordsjælland.

The forward’s professional career began in 2019 when he made his first-team debut for Nordsjælland in the 2018-19 Danish Superliga Championship Round at just 18 years old. He made two substitute appearances in both legs against Esbjerg fB.

In his first full season, Atanga registered 35 appearances, including 26 starts, scoring seven goals and adding five assists, across all competitions. The winger got off to a hot start scoring a goal in each of Nordsjælland’s first three matches of the 2019-20 campaign.

FC Cincinnati’s current roster, listed alphabetically by position, is below:

Goalkeepers (4): Cody Cropper, Ben Lundt, Beckham Sunderland, Przemysław Tytoń

Defenders (7): Saad Abdul-Salaam, Zico Bailey, Joseph-Claude-Gyau, Nick Hagglund, Ronald Matarrita, Tom Pettersson, Maikel van der Werff

Midfielders (10): Luciano Acosta, Frankie Amaya, Alvaro Barreal, Allan Cruz, Calvin Harris, Yuya Kubo, Haris Medunjanin, Ben Mines, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Caleb Stanko

Forwards (5): Isaac Atanga, Franko Kovačević, Brenner, Jürgen Locadia, Brandon Vazquez

TRANSACTION: FC Cincinnati acquired forward Isaac Atanga via transfer from FC Nordsjælland on March 31, 2021.


Pronunciation: uh-TAHN-guh

Position: Forward

Height: 5-8

Weight: 145

Birthdate: June 14. 2000

Birthplace: Nkoranza, Ghana

Hometown: Nkoranza, Ghana

Last Club: FC Nordsjælland (DEN)

Nationality: Ghana

MLS Roster Status: International

How Acquired: Via transfer from FC Nordsjælland on March 31, 2021.