FC Cincinnati signed homegrown midfielder Gerardo Valenzuela through the 2026 MLS season.
The deal announced Thursday with the 18-year-old known as “Dado” includes options for 2027 and 2028.
“Dado is an exciting young player who has worked incredibly hard for this opportunity,” general manager Chris Albright said in a release. “He has an innate ability on the ball and continues to improve his defensive understanding of the game.
“His growth from our academy through MLS NEXT Pro has been a testament to all the work that’s been done in our player pathway and we look forward to his continued development with the first team.”
Built by the Orange & Blue.
FC Cincinnati sign Gerardo "Dado" Valenzuela as a Homegrown Player.
— FC Cincinnati (@fccincinnati) May 25, 2023
Valenzuela joined the FC Cincinnati academy in August 2020. He has two goals and three assists in 22 matches (20 starts) for FCC 2 in MLS NEXT Pro action.
–Field Level Media