CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It's official: FCC has signed two MLS players to its roster.
The club announced Monday they've signed Fanendo Adi from the Portland Timbers and Fatai Alashe from the San Jose Earthquakes.
During Monday afternoon's press conference, Alashe said he wanted to do something new and be "part of something special" while Adi said he was excited to "make history together."
FCC Head Coach Alan Koch said this signing should send a message to the team.
"This isn't a message to the USL or MLS. This is a message to us - to maintain the standard we have. We want talented players who are also high character people." said Koch.
Both players are eligable to play in USL games immediately but will be worked in slowly, Koch said.
ESPN soccer analyst Taylor Twellman tweeted Sunday that the club plans to add the Nigerian forward Adi from and the American midfielder Alashe.
Adi, 27, scored the game-winning goal for Portland in a 2-1 victory over Houston Dynamo on Saturday night in what had been reported to be his last game with Portland.
After the game, Adi took to social media to thank the Portland Timbers organization and fans for supporting him during his time there.
Adi has three goals and two assists this season. He has started nine of 14 games for Portland. He's scored 54 goals in five seasons with the Timbers.
Alashe, 24, has started two of 12 games for San Jose this season. He has five goals in four seasons with the Earthquakes.
The new signings will be introduced during a press conference at noon Monday.