Pat Brennan, Cincinnati Enquirer Published 10:45 a.m. ET June 19, 2020 | Updated 11:11 a.m. ET June 19, 2020
Jürgen Locadia talks in an exclusive interview about the hours leading up to his move to FC Cincinnati and Major League Soccer. Cincinnati Enquirer
Jürgen Locadia will don the orange and blue of FC Cincinnati for another year.
Locadia’s loan was set to expire July 5, just days prior to the start of the MLS is Back Tournament, but was extended and he rejoined full-team training on Friday.
FC Cincinnati agreed with English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion to push the end date of the original loan out to June 30, 2021. Cincinnati will hold a permanent transfer option at the loan’s conclusion.
Locadia’s contract runs through December 31, 2023.
“We extend the loan for Jürgen for another year,” General Manager Gerard Nijkamp said earlier Friday. “We find in the days an agreement with Brighton and Hove Albion. There will also be an option in his new loan agreement where we can exercise in a certain moment in the season. There will also be an (automatic) trigger in it by an amount of games. Also from that part, we are very pleased and happy the Jürgen stays for at least one more year in FC Cincinnati and being successful with the team and also for himself.”
FC Cincinnati was in the unenviable position of having to make a decision about Locadia’s loan deal after he played just two matches this season prior to the coronavirus pandemic suspension of league play.
Nijkamp, speaking on a video-conference call Friday morning, explained the club had seen enough of Locadia, 26, through preseason and the two regular-season matches to know it wanted to keep the player in the team.
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Locadia scored on his March 1 FC Cincinnati debut in a head-turning appearance off the bench in the club’s season-opening loss to New York Red Bulls.
The goal came about a day after Locadia completed the return leg of an intercontinental plane trip to retrieve his visa.
Locadia started against Atlanta United on March 8 and was noticeable for his work in that contest, a 2-1 Atlanta win.
“By showing his potential and quality already by scoring a goal and doing very good things for the team,” Nijkamp said. “Especially in the game against Atlanta, he was not showing it by goals or an assist but he was very valuable in that game for the team. What he did in goal position, what he did in goal position of the opponent, in transition moments, and also with the new head coach on board, Jaap (Stam), we see a lot of potential and he showed already something in execution of our goals. But we know and we’re convinced that he will be successful in this team.”
Locadia maintained throughout Major League Soccer’s stoppage in league play due to the pandemic that he wanted to stay in Cincinnati.
Nijkamp also made clear his intention of extending Locadia’s loan.
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