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FC Cincinnati Sign Defender Avionne Flanagan

April 7, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Cincinnati News Release

CINCINNATI - FC Cincinnati have signed defender Avionne Flanagan to a one-year contract with three additional option years. The Orange and Blue chose the forward with the No. 29 overall selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.

"Avionne has earned a contract with FC Cincinnati based on what he has shown throughout the preseason" FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp said. "He is a young player with potential and we believe he has adapted well to the professional environment, both on and off the pitch."

Flanagan, 22, played three full seasons at South Florida (2017-19) prior to being drafted, where he made 48 appearances, including 41 starts, scoring four goals and adding seven assists. The defender was named to the AAC All-Conference First Team in 2019 following his junior campaign. Flanagan made an additional three appearances for the Bulls this season prior to joining FC Cincinnati for preseason.

FC Cincinnati will return to the pitch for their third MLS season on Saturday, April 17, when the team opens the season on the road against Nashville SC. FCC will officially open their 2021 home slate on Sunday, May 16, when the team hosts Inter Miami CF in the inaugural match at West End Stadium in a nationally televised 4 p.m. game.

For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team's official website at, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team's official mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.

Information about seating options at the club's state-of-the-art West End Stadium - which will open in Spring 2021 - is now available at For more information about 2021 Season Ticket Memberships, which are now on sale to the general public, visit or the stadium's social properties on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @WestEndStadium, or by calling the team's sales and service staff at 513-977-5425.

FC Cincinnati's current roster, listed alphabetically by position, is below:

Goalkeepers (4): Cody Cropper, Ben Lundt, Beckham Sunderland, Przemysław Tytoń

Defenders (9): Saad Abdul-Salaam, Zico Bailey, Avionne Flanagan, Joseph-Claude Gyau, Nick Hagglund, Ronald Matarrita, Tom Pettersson, Gustavo Vallecilla, Maikel van der Werff

Midfielders (10): Luciano Acosta, Frankie Amaya, Alvaro Barreal, Allan Cruz, Calvin Harris, Yuya Kubo, Haris Medunjanin, Ben Mines, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Caleb Stanko

Forwards (5): Isaac Atanga, Brenner, Franko Kovačević, Jürgen Locadia, Brandon Vazquez

TRANSACTION: FC Cincinnati signed defender Avionne Flanagan on April 7, 2021.


Prounciation: AY-vee-on

Position: Defender

Height: 5-11

Weight: 165

Birthdate: April 6, 1999

Birthplace: Baltimore, Md.

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.

School: South Florida

Nationality: United States

How Acquired: Via signing on April 7, 2021.

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