CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati announced on Monday evening it had signed midfielder Jimmy McLaughlin ahead of the club’s debut season in Major League Soccer. McLaughlin, 25, and Corben Bone are the only players to be with FC Cincinnati since the club’s founding in 2015.
“Going to MLS with this club is so special, it means the world to me. FC Cincinnati and the city of Cincinnati in general has been incredible, not just for my soccer career, but also for my life,” McLaughlin said. “I’ve loved every minute that I’ve spent in this city, the people have welcomed me with open arms. I’m so honored to continue on with this team and progress to the next level with them.”
McLaughlin was announced as one of FC Cincinnati’s first 11 signings on Dec. 7, 2015 when the club was in preparations for its first USL Championship season. During his first three years with the Orange and Blue, McLaughlin made 103 appearances, including 72 starts, scored 12 goals and added 11 assists across all competitions.
“For our club and for the fans, it’s huge to take Jimmy, because he’s been with this club since the very beginning,” Koch said. “From a coaching perspective, however, it’s really what he means to the team. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, he brings us so much energy and can be very influential in a game. He’s grown into a very, very good professional player and I know he’s hungry to grab the opportunity that he’s going to be presented.”
McLaughlin had previously competed in the USL Championship on loan with the Harrisburg City Islander from the Philadelphia Union, and helped the club reach the 2014 USL Cup. Overall, McLaughlin has made 162 appearances in the USL Championship regular season and USL Cup Playoffs, placing him 10th overall in the league’s modern era, and has recorded 23 goals and 14 assists in that span.