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Brighton, Cincinnati prepare to discuss Locadia’s future

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Jurgen Locadia’s big MLS transfer has not gone as planned, through no fault of his, FC Cincinnati’s, or parent club Brighton and Hove Albion.

Locadia’s loan to Cincinnati was sealed Feb. 3, giving him just under five months to decide whether he had interesting in staying in the U.S. for the next part of his career.

The 26-year-old got all of two matches to feel it out, scoring once before MLS shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The extremely small sample size has been kind to Locadia, who says that his agent had spoken to Brighton and that he’s open to making the move permanent. That’s a loaded statement given the money it might take to acquire a player who was Brighton’s transfer record signing just over a year ago.

“I like it here so far in Cincinnati and the league also,” Locadia told The Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati.com: “I talk with my agent also and he said at the end of the day it’s my decision, and I told him I’m happy here, so if we can figure something out with Brighton and Cincinnati, which I understand is going to be difficult, we can try and fix the situation.”

FCC general manager Gerard Nijkamp said he’ll be talking with Brighton in the next few days, but that the situation is a massive challenge. Imagine the questions: What does Brighton want? When can the player move? Has the end of the loan window changed at all? And what reinforcements will Brighton be able to buy given the wildly unusual conclusion to this season (and their possible relegation)?

Locadia was also asked what he likes about MLS.

“I think here in the States, the fans enjoy the game more and in Europe I get the feeling that people are more judge-y about the game,” Locadia said. “Here in the States, they come to enjoy the game and see the players and drink beer. And in Europe it’s more like, we need to win and they’re gonna judge you. They don’t like when you play the ball back to the goalkeeper.”

Well, maybe wait on that one. There might be a bit more patience in Cincinnati given it’s their second year in MLS, but other clubs have plenty of fans amped up for victory.

FC Cincinnati signs one-time Brighton record transfer Locadia

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FC Cincinnati got it done: Jurgen Locadia on loan from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

The loan will run just a few months before Cincy will have to decide on its option to buy on July 5.

It’s an incredible low-risk deal for Cincy, besides his PL wages and the likelihood of a club transfer record come July. If he turns out to be the worst of combustible problems, Cincy isn’t out millions and millions. If he bails after four months, Cincy deserves credit for the effort and can seek a solution in the July window.

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Put plainly: It’s a new one for MLS, as a Premier League club transfer record attacker joins an MLS side within a couple of years of the aforementioned transfer.

We say likelihood because it would be truly surprising if Locadia doesn’t score goals. The second-year MLS club gets a 26-year old who was a club-record signing for Brighton in 2018.

Locadia bagged six goals and two assists in 43 appearances for Brighton but has four goals and an assist on loan to Hoffenheim this season.

The numbers didn’t impress in relation to his price tag, but the English and German top flights are levels above still-growing MLS. And his production at PSV Eindhoven before Brighton was special: 176 appearances, 62 goals and 39 assists across all competitions.

The only danger is he might not find the league, travel, and nation to his liking, though he stressed he’s spent plenty of time in some of the United States’ biggest cities.

Here’s what Locadia told Cincinnati.com’s Pat Brennan regarding what will go into the decision come July 5:

“I think the main thing for me is playing games. Like, play all the games, but obviously it’s my thing also. I need to show the coach that I want to play and be important for the team,” Locadia said. “Beside that, scoring goals and I think I will like it here, of course, because I’ve been in the United States often. Depends on the league also. Like, the level of the league.”

Locadia is a Designated Player, joining fellow Cincy new boy Yuya Kubo, a permanent signing from Genk.

Almost regardless of how this move plays out in MLS, it’s a statement-making success for the league.

Locadia arrives in Cincinnati ahead of MLS move

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It appears that Jurgen Locadia‘s reported move to FC Cincinnati is on the verge of becoming a reality.

Once Brighton and Hove Albion’s record signing in 2018, the Dutchman is now two years later on the move again, but this time to MLS. It’s a massive coup for FC Cincinnati, now heading into its second year in the league, and gives the team another attacking threat after finishing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference in year one.

Locadia was photographed arriving at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Sunday afternoon, with a physical and contract signing expected to come on Monday.

At just 26-years-old, the former Netherlands youth international is coming to Cincinnati in the prime of his career. It’s no doubt a disappointment for him on a personal level that the move to the Premier League didn’t work out. In 43 appearances, he had just four goals and two assists, but the star seemed so bright around the festive period in 2018, when he scored in back to back games against Arsenal and Everton. Brighton spent a reported club-record $18 million on him in January 2018.

However, new Brighton coach Graham Potter decided not to keep Locadia going forward, and he left the club to go on loan to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. Now though, it appears to be time for another change, and a chance for a fresh start on a new continent for Locadia.

Reports out of Cincinnati state that Locadia’s fee to MLS is undisclosed, but you’d expect that it will cost in the millions to let Locadia out of his contract with the club.

FC Cincinnati reportedly lands ex-Brighton record signing Locadia

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Jurgen Locadia was Brighton and Hove Albion’s record signing just over two years ago, and now he might be coming to Major League Soccer.

FC Cincinnati would be the destination, according to reports, in a massive coup for the Ohio club.

The Dutch playmaker managed just six goals and two assists in 43 appearances for Brighton, but has four goals and an assist on loan to Hoffenheim this season.

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Big MLS signings have often fallen into young players on the come up and players on the back end of their careers, but this is a powerful attacker very much in his prime (26).

The report doesn’t specify whether it would be a loan or permanent deal, but the ex-PSV star would be an almost surefire gamebreaker for FCC.

It was a mere 13 months ago that Locadia was scoring in back-to-back games versus Arsenal and Everton. There’s a surreal feeling to this report, and it would be a real show of power from MLS and FCC.

Love this signing. Make it happen. It’s record-threatening good.

Watch our transfer deadline day show from 6-8 p.m. ET on Jan. 31, live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com.

FA Cup: Brighton comes back to beat Millwall in kicks (video)

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Jurgen Locadia and Solly Match scored for Brighton and Hove Albion, who came back from a two-goal deficit to force penalty kicks and advance past Millwall in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday at The Den.

Aiden O’Brien and Alex Pierce scored second half goals for Millwall.

Brighton joins Manchester City, Watford, and Wolves in the semis at Wembley.

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Glenn Murray hit the cross bar with the first attempt of penalty kicks, and Millwall was ahead through Shaun Williams’ ensuing finish. But Mat Ryan stopped Mahlon Romeo’s fourth effort and it was level into the fifth set of takers. Jake Cooper missed Millwall’s sixth bid.

Pierce’s 70th minute header off a corner kick put the Lions in front before O’Brien, making his 200th appearance for Millwall, slotted from a Jed Wallace cross to make it 2-0 nine minutes later.

Locadia scored in the 88th minute to give the Seagulls a life line.

It took deep into stoppage time for Brighton to level the tie through March, whose hopeful cross was seen into the goal by Millwall goalkeeper David Martin.

He’d be needed, though, and was vigilant in extra time as Brighton ramped up its efforts to avoid the upset.

Former Newcastle United player Shane Ferguson was shown a red card in the 29th minute.

VAR could’ve been a talking point again when Brighton scored in the final moments of extra time, offside awarded when the Seagulls appeared to be in line with Millwall defense.