CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati has signed midfielder Roland Lamah. The Orange and Blue selected the Ivorian with the No. 3 selection in the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft.

Lamah joins FC Cincinnati after two years with FC Dallas, where he made 61 appearances, scored 19 goals and added nine assists. The midfielder scored eight goals last season, tied for the most goals scored among all FC Dallas players.

A native of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Lamah will occupy an international roster spot on Cincinnati’s 2019 MLS roster.

“We are pleased to add Roland to our group,” FC Cincinnati Head Coach Alan Koch said. “He has proven his ability everywhere he has been, including the last two seasons in MLS. His pace and ability to get behind the defense will provide a dynamic quality to our attack.”

In addition to his last two seasons in MLS, Lamah has played at top-tier clubs in Belgium, England, France, Hungary, the Netherlands and Spain during the course of his 12-year professional career. He has made 361 appearances, scored 67 goals and added 55 assists across all competitions.

The next time Cincinnati takes the field, it will be as MLS’ 24th team in 2019 when the club debuts in the top professional league in the U.S. and Canada.

FC Cincinnati’s debut MLS game will be at Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 2, at CenturyLink Field. The Orange and Blue will make its home debut as an MLS team at Nippert Stadium on Sunday, March 17, when the team hosts MLS Cup finalist Portland Timbers at 5 p.m. Season Ticket Member presales for single-game, group and mini plans are currently underway and those options will be available to the general public starting Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. at or by calling 513-977-5425 (KICK).

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Transaction: FC Cincinnati signed M Roland Lamah on Jan. 22, 2019.


Pronunciation: le-MAH

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-9

Weight: 157

Birthdate: December 31, 1987

Birthplace: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Hometown: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Last Club: FC Dallas (MLS)

Nationality: Belgium, Ivory Coast

MLS Roster Status: International Player

How Acquired: Selected with third pick in 2018 MLS Expansion Draft on Dec. 11, 2018