Cincy’s banking on homegrown youth, signing midfielder Gerardo ‘Dado’ Valenzuela through the 2026 season – with alternatives for 2027 and 2028, as the group sits for a moment at the top of the Eastern Conference.
The 18-year-old is now the seventh gamer from the Orange and Blue academy system to sign a first-team offer. He’ll likewise be the 5th that does so who is presently on the lineup.
“Dado is an exciting young player who has worked incredibly hard for this opportunity,” Chris Albright, FC Cincinnati’s basic supervisor, stated in a release. “He has an innate ability on the ball and continues to improve his defensive understanding of the game.
“His development from our academy through MLS NEXT Pro has actually been a testimony to all the work that’s been carried out in our gamer path and we eagerly anticipate his ongoing advancement with the first string.”
Dado has scored twice and provided an assist for FC Cincinnati 2 in 22 games for the MLS NEXT Pro club and is one of the most highly rated players in the squad with an overall 7.29 FotMob rating.
He signed up with the academy in the fall of 2020 and bet the U-17 and U-19 teams.
“I’m delighted to sign my very first expert agreement with FC Cincinnati,” said Valenzuela. “It’s been my dream to be an expert since I was little bit, and it feels even much better to have actually attained this with the assistance of this terrific group, my household, and my coaches.”
Cincy will be hoping that Dado joins and contributes to the senior squad alongside 19-year-old forward Arquimides Ordoñez, who’s currently with the Guatemala squad at the U-20 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.