Hello and thanks for reading the latest edition of my mailbag. This one is all about roster movement: Expansion Draft, signing Designated Players and more.
Would Darwin Quintero fit into the Jans system well enough to make it worthwhile to drop a DP co tract on him— Adam Runyon (@adamrunyon) November 13, 2019
I won’t comment on a non-FCC player, but I think anyone who fits the Nijkamp/Jans model should be considered, especially if they have previous MLS experience that hints toward a productive 2020 and 2021. (Also, Quintero joined the Houston Dynamo as I wrote this.)
Does FCC leave a guy who makes a lot on the books (Like an Adi or Mattocks) off the 12 protected players to protect some young promising guys? Guys who would hit big on other teams salary caps that they might not pick up due to that.— Evan Hatter (@EvanHatter) November 13, 2019
Do they protect Manu if contract isn't done?
It’s unknown how Nijkamp will use his 12 protections in the Expansion Draft, but yes, a good way to offload any player would be making them available Tuesday in the draft. Does that mean Nijkamp will? We’ll see.
In my opinion, no, I wouldn’t protect a player if the contract isn’t done. If FCC think negotiations could end soon, maybe they think differently.
In what metric does keeping Ndam over Lasso make sense? Lasso was reigning defender of the year, didnt get a proper MLS chance, goes to Nashville for the 2nd half of their season and makes the USL best 11. While Ndam didnt find the pitch for us or Charlotte? Thoughts?— Brandon_jamal (@Brandon_jamal_) November 14, 2019
Until GM Gerard Nijkamp comments on why that decision was made, we won’t know the exact reason. But I can offer my take…
Lasso is a sturdy defender, but his player profile doesn’t fit FCC *IF* the club wants to play a possession-based style. Ndam has better passing ability than Lasso, and he’s also five years younger.
I think Lasso is a good player, but he doesn’t fit the current scheme. Maybe Ndam can. But Ndam spent most of the season training with Cincinnati in an MLS environment. He never played for FCC because he was technically on loan all season and thereby unavailable to the team’s roster. Plus, given the roster status this season, the club would have had to acquire another international slot in order to activate Ndam.
But let’s be honest, FCC just allowed more goals than any club in MLS history. How would it look if EVERY center back from that team came back in 2020? I personally think center back is a place where Cincinnati look for more players to sign this offseason. Maybe more will come or go.
Can you comment on the Suarez to FCC rumors that exist solely in my mind? The people, me really, demand an answer.— Kevin (@MrKevinWallace) November14, 2019
I can’t comment on players who aren’t on FC Cincinnati, but I can tell you someone who’s currently playing for Barcelona probably isn’t the first name on FCC’s list of transfer targets. That said, imagine his reunion with Ron Jans in Cincinnati…
Ledesma and McLaughlin updates?— John Richert (@thejohnrichert) November 14, 2019
I’m still waiting for an update, too. The club is in negotiations with the players, and we’re all waiting for the final verdicts.
Do you think an onoffical deal with the ulloa trade is that they don’t select any of our players/ they have to pick a specific player?— Adam Runyon (@adamrunyon) November 14, 2019
I don’t know anything beyond the announced deal when Victor Ulloa joined Inter Miami CF on Monday. Only one player from each team can be picked, so if Nashville SC select someone from Cincinnati, that would eliminate any possibility of another Orange and Blue player heading to Florida without a separate trade. That said, I’ve definitely heard rumors of these gentlemen’s’ agreements around past Expansion Drafts ... including ones FCC may or may not have been involved in last year.
The club mentioned wanting to add at least 5 “impact” players this offseason. Have they given any indication as to some players they would like to add? Also, do you see them signing a DP or two in the January transfer window?— Travis Grimes (@ComeOnYouFCC) November14, 2019
Based on conversations I’ve had with folks around the organization, I’m convinced FC Cincinnati will sign a DP or two in the near future. After last season, there needs to be considerable improvement, and I see that happening – especially with Allan Cruz becoming a TAM player. And it seems the powers that be have bought into the financial commitment needed to make such significant improvements.
Potential signing targets (DP or not) haven’t been publicly identified, but – in my opinion – I could see potential signees being another forward, winger, center midfielder and/or center back, if not another fullback.
An impact player doesn’t need to be expensive. They just need to be better than what fans saw last season.
If FCC can't move Adi's contract via trade, is there a chance they buy him out? Is there a realistic scenario where he is on the roster next year?— Michael Detisch (@MDetisch) November 14, 2019
Yes, FC Cincinnati can buy out a player’s contract, though that doesn’t mean the club wants to at this point. And yes, Adi is still an FCC player, so he’s on the roster until a move materializes. That goes for every player.