Cincinnati Recruit Premier League Striker

by Denis Metev

FC Cincinnati have signed Jurgen Locadia from Brighton. The striker joins the MLS club on loan with the option for a permanent transfer upon the expiration of the loan.

“We are excited to bring in a proven forward in Jürgen to strengthen our attacking abilities,” FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp said in a team statement.

“He is a talented goalscorer in his prime and we feel adding an impact player of his caliber will be a great addition to our club. We look forward to welcoming Jürgen to our club and city.”

“I am looking forward to a new opportunity with FC Cincinnati. I want to try to help the team build new memories and be an important player for the team,” Locadia said upon arrival.

Locadia joins Cincinnati after disappointing stints at Premier League and Bundesliga

Locadia, 26, spent the last six months on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. He participated in 11 games, scoring 4 goals. The Dutch striker also has 43 games for Brighton under his belt with just 6 goals since joining the club in January 2018.

Locadia enjoyed the most success at PSV Eindhoven, where he bagged 62 goals in 176 appearances, winning the Eredivisie twice, as well as Dutch Cup and Supercup once each.

Locadia has appeared for the Dutch national team at both U19 and U21 level but is yet to make his senior debut. He did receive one call-up for the senior side during its recent UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign.

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