CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati has signed forward Emery Welshman ahead of the club’s debut season in Major League Soccer. Welshman will be returning to Major League Soccer for the first time since 2016, when he played for Real Salt Lake.
As a Canadian, Welshman will occupy an international roster spot on Cincinnati’s 2019 MLS roster.
“This is a huge opportunity for me to move forward with a club that has ambition,” Welshman said. “When I signed with the club last year, I knew where they were heading, and I was excited to be part of that team. Now, to be part of an inaugural MLS squad, I’m very blessed. It’s very humbling. It’s a huge blessing for me and for my family and I’m very grateful.”
Welshman originally signed with FC Cincinnati on Jan. 3, 2018. In his lone season with the Orange and Blue in the USL, the forward made 26 appearances, including 14 starts, scored four goals and added four assists.
“Emery is a player that makes everyone else around him better,” Koch said. “He’s a selfless player and a selfless person. He’s willing to do what the team needs him to do and I’m excited to see him showcase himself in MLS. Like several guys on the team, he’s had a taste and probably didn’t get the best chance in the league. Now he has a chance to embrace this opportunity.”
The Mississauga, Ontario, native was one of four FC Cincinnati players to record at least four goals and four assists on the season. He scored his first FCC goal, the game-winning goal, in the club’s second match of 2018 at Indy Eleven on March 31. The forward also recorded a goal and an assist for the Orange and Blue on two separate occasions. Outside of MLS play, he also added a hat trick in FC Cincinnati’s U.S. Open Cup overtime win over Detroit City FC on May 16.
Welshman’s professional career began in 2013 when he was drafted by Toronto FC in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft after completing his final two collegiate seasons at Oregon State. In 2013, he made two appearances across all competitions for TFC. Following the MLS season, he signed with Sigma FC of League1 Ontario, where he played for one season.
In 2015, Welshman signed with Real Monarchs SLC of the USL, where he made 19 appearances and scored six goals. At the conclusion of the 2015 USL season, he signed with Real Salt Lake. While he didn’t make a first team appearance, Welshman made three appearances on loan with the Monarchs. In 2017, he signed with Puerto Rico FC of the NASL. Welshman made 22 appearances, including 13 starts, scored five goals and added three assists.
Welshman has seven caps for Guyana, and has scored six goals since making his international debut in 2015. Most recently, he was called up for Guyana’s CONCACAF Nations League Qualifiers against Turks and Caicos Islands in October and French Guiana in November. The forward notched a hat trick in the Golden Jaguars’ 8-0 victory over Turks and Caicos Islands on Oct. 13.
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. Season tickets for the 2019 season are now on sale at fccincinnati.com/tickets.
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Transaction: FC Cincinnati signed F Emery Welshman as a free agent on Dec. 10, 2018.
Jersey Number: 10
Birthdate: Nov. 9, 1991
Birthplace: Mississauga, Ontario
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Last Club: FC Cincinnati (USL)
Nationality: United States
MLS Roster Status: International Player
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent on Dec. 10, 2018