USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Saturday, January 23, 2016
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Jamaican international Omar Cummings highlighted six new additions to FC Cincinnati’s roster announced this week as the club continues to build an experienced squad ahead of its inaugural season in the USL in 2016.
Also joining the side are former Philadelphia Union players Antoine Hoppenot and Jimmy McLaughlin III, former Sacramento Republic FC defender Harrison Delbridge, and youngsters Omar Mohamed and Alvaro Anton Ripoli.
A former standout for the University of Cincinnati, Cummings scored seven goals in 35 appearances for the Reggae Boyz in his international career, and also notched more than 40 goals in Major League Soccer over an eight-year span that saw him win MLS Cup with the Colorado Rapids 2010. He also played a pair of seasons with the Houston Dynamo, and scored 10 goals for the San Antonio Scorpions in 2016.
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“This second class of players will be a valuable complement to our team,” said Cincinnati Head Coach John Harkes. “Having Omar Cummings come back to Cincinnati to play will be an exciting addition for our fans.”
McLaughlin and Hoppenot were key components for the Harrisburg City Islanders as the club reached the 2014 USL Championship. McLaughlin had six goals and four assists on loan from the Union that season as he finished tied for the team lead in goals, while Hoppenot also added a goal and assist from midfield.
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Delbridge was part of Sacramento’s 2014 USL Championship-winning side, as he made 27 regular-season appearances. In 2015, the center back joined the Portland Timbers 2, where he had a goal and assist in 18 appearances.Ripoli arrives in Cincinnati from Spain, where he had previously played for Alcorcorn B and Alzira in the Spanish Third Division. Mohamed, meanwhile, will make his professional debut with Cincinnati after scoring six goals and adding one assist in his freshman season for Jackson College.