CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati have signed defender Avionne Flanagan to a one-year contract with three additional option years. The Orange and Blue chose the defender with the No. 29 overall selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.
“Avionne has earned a contract with FC Cincinnati based on what he has shown throughout the preseason” FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp said. “He is a young player with potential and we believe he has adapted well to the professional environment, both on and off the pitch.”
Flanagan, 22, played three full seasons at South Florida (2017-19) prior to being drafted, where he made 48 appearances, including 41 starts, scoring four goals and adding seven assists. The defender was named to the AAC All-Conference First Team in 2019 following his junior campaign. Flanagan made an additional three appearances for the Bulls this season prior to joining FC Cincinnati for preseason.
FC Cincinnati will return to the pitch for their third MLS season on Saturday, April 17, when the team opens the season on the road against Nashville SC. FCC will officially open their 2021 home slate on Sunday, May 16, when the team hosts Inter Miami CF in the inaugural match at West End Stadium in a nationally televised 4 p.m. game.
FC Cincinnati’s current roster, listed alphabetically by position, is below:
Goalkeepers (4): Cody Cropper, Ben Lundt, Beckham Sunderland, Przemysław Tytoń
Defenders (9): Saad Abdul-Salaam, Zico Bailey, Avionne Flanagan, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Nick Hagglund, Ronald Matarrita, Tom Pettersson, Gustavo Vallecilla, 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, Brenner, Franko Kovačević, Jürgen Locadia, Brandon Vazquez
TRANSACTION: FC Cincinnati signed defender Avionne Flanagan on April 7, 2021.
#27 AVIONNE FLANAGAN
Birthdate: April 6, 1999
Birthplace: Baltimore, Md.
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
School: South Florida
Nationality: United States
How Acquired: Via signing on April 7, 2021.