MIAMI – The Miami FC’s announced on Monday it had signed Haitian international winger Christiano François, pending league and federation approval. François joins Miami after an extremely successful 2020 USL Championship Season with Reno 1868 FC, which earned him a place on the league’s All-League Second Team.
“Christiano is one of the most exciting attacking players to watch in the USL Championship,” said Miami Technical Director and Head Coach Paul Dalglish. “He has breathtaking pace and is a brilliant dribbler and over the last two seasons has started to play a little more inside, adding more goals and assists to his game. Most importantly when I spoke with him, I heard the motivation in his voice to bring success to Miami. We are excited so see him in the Orange and Blue.”
Born in Cabaret, Haiti, François has enjoyed an extremely successful USL Championship career playing in 104 matches while scoring 20 goals and adding 28 assists to his name. In 2020, François was a focal point in Reno’s attack, scoring six goals and adding seven assists in the regular season. His pace and ability were consistent threats to opposing defenses, and helped Reno finish the Championship’s regular season with the best overall record. Reno went on to reach the Western Conference Semifinals for the second time in the club’s history.
Prior to Reno, the 27-year-old competed for Ottawa Fury in 2019. In 35 matches for the Canadian side, François scored nine goals and added another seven assists. The winger previously spent time with Eastern Conference’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in 2018, where he helped the club reach the 2018 USL Championship Playoffs playing in 32 league matches, adding four goals and five assists to his career totals.
François originally left his homeland of Haiti in 2010 after the devastating earthquake that hit the nation. After moving to the United States, he played at Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in New Jersey for two years and would later play collegiately for the University of Maryland’s Terrapins. François left Maryland after only two years to sign a professional contract with Major League Soccer’s D.C. United in 2014. His rookie season was spent on loan with the Richmond Kickers in the Championship, where he made 10 appearances and recorded one goal and two assists.
After departing D.C. United after the 2014 season, François spent two seasons oversees in Portugal playing for Vila Real and Felgueiras 1932. He would return Stateside in 2017, signing with the Championship’s Rochester Rhinos. Scoring one goal and recording seven assists in only 12 regular season matches, François helped the Rhinos qualify for the USL Championship Playoffs, reaching the Conference Semifinals. As a member of four different Championship clubs in his last four seasons, François has helped his clubs reach the USL Championship Playoffs in all four seasons.