New Memphis 901 FC acquisition Cody Cropper joins the club on loan from FC Cincinati and brings experience from both the United States and England in his professional career. | Photo courtesy FC Cincinnati
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis 901 FC announced on Friday it had acquired goalkeeper Cody Cropper on loan from FC Cincinnati, pending league and federation approval.
Cropper joins Memphis after making one appearance so far this season for FCC in Major League Soccer. The 28-year-old has made 37 appearances in MLS during his career, which also includes prior stops at the New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo FC. In 2019, Cropper also made nine appearances on loan at Hartford Athletic in the USL Championship.
“We are thrilled to be able to add a goalkeeper of Cody’s pedigree at this point in the season,” said Memphis Head Coach Ben Pirmann. “His experience will help him assimilate into our group of goalkeepers as well as the team as we make a strong push the second half of the season.”
Cropper was born in Atlanta, Ga. and later moved to Minnesota where he began his youth career before joining EFL Championship club Ipswich Town’s academy in 2010. After an injury setback in Ipswich, Cropper joined Premier League side Southampton where he saw action with the club’s U-21 squad, recording nine shutouts in 30 appearances during his three-year stint in Southampton. In 2015, Cropper joined EFL Championship side MK Dons. Cropper spent one season in Milton Keyes in which he recorded 20 appearances between Championship, FA Cup and EFL Cup play.
Cropper returned to the United States in 2016 to join the Revolution. Despite making just one appearance for the Revs in his first season, Cropper went on to account for nine clean sheets in 35 MLS appearances from 2017 to 2019.