FC Cincinnati sign Gustavo Vallecilla loan from SD Aucas in Ecuador
The overhaul of FC Cincinnati’s back line continues to take shape, with the club announcing the loan-taking from Gustavo Vallecilla on Monday.
The 21-year-old Ecuadorian, rumor for a week with the club, joined the FC Cincinnati team on loan from SD Aucas in Ecuador’s first flite. He has 47 appearances with 27 starts in a career that began when he made his professional debut at 17 with Deportivo Cuenca.
He has been with three clubs in Ecuador, most recently with SD Aucas, whose most famous player is legendary Colombian international goalkeeper René Heguita.
“We have made it a priority to add a center-back to our roster before the start of the season, and we believe Gustavo provides a skill set that fits well with our playing philosophy,” said FC Cincinnati general manager. , Gerard Nijkamp. “He’s a young player with a promising profile who adds balance to our lineup. We look forward to Gustavo competing in our current squad to welcome him to Cincinnati.
A young defenseman’s decision is another chapter in what has been a really solid offseason for FC Cincinnati as Nijkamp rebuilt an improved roster. The headlines, the addition of the Brazilian Brenner and the signing of Luciano Acosta, will surely be a jerk for a team that struggled offensively a season ago.
But Vallecilla is part of an improved backline that looks to be better than a year ago. Truth be told, they can’t be much worse than what has been seen in 2020.
Defensively, FC Cincinnati struggled last year – to put it mildly. In 16 games, they have conceded 36 goals, the highest allowed goals-per-game average in MLS.
They finished the season with the worst points per game based on league results. The club clearly have higher ambitions this season than their end of the standings in 2020.
Vallecilla will be part of the back row with Rónald Matarrita, acquired this offseason from New York City FC. The left-back, who is a regular with the Costa Rica national team, made 104 appearances in five seasons for his former club MLS, becoming one of the league’s top outside fullbacks during that time.