There was some teeth-grinding around MLS circles that perhaps FC Cincinnati bringing many of its USL players to the top flight could be a naive decision that leads to a Minnesota United level first year struggle.
Those concerns should be somewhat if not largely quelled on Tuesday, as FCC added two international quality backs and several other players via trades and the Expansion Draft.
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FCC saved the best for last, acquiring Kendall Waston from the Vancouver Whitecaps for a lot of numbers and slots and stuff (via FCCincinnati.com):
- $450,000 of General Allocation Money
- $300,000 of Targeted Allocation Money
- The 2019 international roster spot obtained from the Colorado Rapids via trade after the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft.
- Vancouver will retain a percentage of future transfer fees should FC Cincinnati trade or transfer Waston.
- Additionally, should Waston reach certain performance-based incentives with FC Cincinnati, Vancouver will also receive an additional $75,000 in GAM.
With respect to Greg Garza, no move is more promising than the rescue of Waston from Vancouver.
Waston had a down year this season with the Caps, but so did the Caps. The captain was angered by the firing of coach Carl Robinson, and said he was ready to move on (Vancouver also traded another critic, Kei Kamara, on Tuesday).
Thirty times capped by Costa Rica, Waston scored against Switzerland in his only action of the 2018 World Cup.
If Emmanuel Ledesma is able to have half the impact he had in USL, find steady goalkeeping, and line up a CB to pair with Waston (Forrest Lasso?), FCC is going to surprise a lot of teams.