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Key Players Under Contract For 2017

By Fumi Kimura, 11/14/16, 3:00PM EST


CINCINNATI, OH --- Fifteen players from FC Cincinnati’s inaugural season are currently under contract for the 2017 season.

“It is extremely reassuring to know that we have a strong group in terms of talent, leadership and chemistry for 2017,” said Head Coach John Harkes. “The group gives us a great foundation to build on. They all understand that while we had a great first year, there is still much more to accomplish and we are looking forward to next season.”

Austin Berry, Harrison Delbridge, Derek Luke, Pat McMahon and Tyler Polak will all return to the backfield. Berry, a Cincinnati native and hometown favorite, rebounded from an early-season injury and played 19 games and scoring three goals. Delbridge garnered first-team league honors after playing in 29 of 30 USL fixtures and tallying a goal. Luke saw action in 29 games and made eight starts in FCC’s backline. Pat McMahon had a goal and an assist in 29 games and played in eight of the team’s 10 shutouts. Polak played in all 30 games, notching assists against Louisville City FC and Rochester Rhinos.

In the midfield, Corben Bone, Jimmy McLaughlin, Omar Mohamed, Francisco Narbon, Paul Nicholson and Kenney Walker are under contract for 2017. Bone, voted the team’s Most Valuable Player, played in all 30 USL fixtures and tied for first with five assists. McLaughlin finished third on the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists while playing in all of the team’s 33 contests. Mohamed saw action in 18 contests, taking seven shots while Narbon played in five games while making one start. Nicholson returns to the team and played in 22 contests, scoring a goal against Wilmington Hammerheads. Walker notched a goal and an assist in 27 games played.

Omar Cummings, Antoine Hoppenot, Casey Townsend, and Andrew Wiedeman are also all currently under contract for the Orange and Blue. Cummings was fourth on the team with 13 points, totaling four goals and three assists in 20 games. Hoppenot played in 15 games and posted an assist against Toronto FC II. Townsend was a late-season acquisition but had a key goal, scoring the goal against Orlando City B to solidify a home playoff berth for the club. Wiedeman rounds out the list and played a key role in the team’s offense, finishing second with 18 points on seven goals and four assists.

The 2017 roster has yet to be finalized with several players currently in negotiations or exploring options in free agency.