Cincy’s banking on homegrown youth, signing midfielder Gerardo ‘Dado’ Valenzuela via the 2026 season – with choices for 2027 and 2028, because the workforce sits momentarily on the prime of the Jap Convention.
The 18-year-old is now the seventh participant from the Orange and Blue academy system to signal a first-team deal. He’ll even be the fifth that does so who’s presently on the roster.
“Dado is an thrilling younger participant who has labored extremely arduous for this chance,” Chris Albright, FC Cincinnati’s common supervisor, stated in a launch. “He has an innate capability on the ball and continues to enhance his defensive understanding of the sport.
“His progress from our academy via MLS NEXT Professional has been a testomony to all of the work that’s been performed in our participant pathway and we stay up for his continued improvement with the primary workforce.”
Dado has scored twice and supplied an help for FC Cincinnati 2 in 22 video games for the MLS NEXT Professional membership and is without doubt one of the most extremely rated gamers within the squad with an general 7.29 FotMob score.
He joined the academy within the fall of 2020 and performed for the U-17 and U-19 squads.
“I am excited to signal my first skilled contract with FC Cincinnati,” stated Valenzuela. “It has been my dream to be an expert ever since I used to be little, and it feels even higher to have achieved this with the assist of this nice workforce, my household, and my coaches.”
Cincy might be hoping that Dado joins and contributes to the senior squad alongside 19-year-old ahead Arquimides Ordoñez, who’s presently with the Guatemala squad on the U-20 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.
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