FC Cincinnati Unveils Aaron Boupendza: The Missing Piece in Pursuit of Silverware
While FC Cincinnati has had a successful season, leading the Supporters' Shield race, they do have a notable flaw: a lack of goal production from their Designated Player striker.
Introducing Aaron Boupendza, the newly unveiled DP signing for the Orange & Blue. General manager Chris Albright believes Boupendza is the missing piece in the club's pursuit of silverware this year.
Albright spoke highly of the 26-year-old Gabon international, emphasizing his track record of scoring goals in every league he has played in. Boupendza has had successful spells in Saudi Arabia, France, Portugal, and the Turkish Süper Lig. In the latter league, he was the top scorer of the 2020-21 season, with 22 goals and one assist in 36 matches for Hatayspor.
While Boupendza appears to fill the void left by Brenner, FC Cincinnati's outgoing DP striker, Albright does not view him as a direct replacement. Instead, Albright sees Boupendza as a valuable addition to the team.
FC Cincinnati, currently leading MLS with a 13W-2L-6D record, made the signing with the intention of winning trophies in the immediate future. Albright explains that they could have opted for a young DP player, but they wanted someone with a proven track record to give the team and fans a chance at success sooner.
This ambition reflects the club's aspirations for the MLS Cup, as well as their contention in the US Open Cup and the upcoming Leagues Cup tournament. Albright acknowledges the opportunities that lie ahead and states that their approach to the signing was influenced by these prospects.
As for Boupendza, he is eager to join his new teammates, particularly highlighting the talents of Luciano Acosta, the influential No. 10 midfielder who orchestrates Cincinnati's play. Boupendza believes that with Acosta's abilities, the team can score numerous goals.