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FC Cincinnati sign American international Joe Gyau

CINCINNATI — FC Cincinnati signed American winger Joseph-Claude “Joe” Gyau from German third-division side MSV Duisburg on Thursday. 

Gyau’s signing came just before the completion of the MLS secondary transfer window, which closed Thursday morning at 1 a.m. EST.

“We are delighted to welcome Joe to FC Cincinnati,” said Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp. “We feel his ability and pace are a good fit for our style of play and he will provide another attacking option on our roster.”

A native of Silver Springs, Md., Gyau arrives in Cincinnati after spending nine years in Germany with five clubs. He made his move to Europe from IMG Academy in Florida in 2011 at the age of 19, getting his start with TSG Hoffenheim. After a loan stint with FC St. Pauli from 2012-13, Gyau moved to German giant Borussia Dortmund in 2014. He made just one senior appearance for Dortmund, struggling to recover from a knee injury suffered in 2015. Since then, he’s spent the last two seasons in the German second division, first with SG Sonnenhof Großaspach and then with MSV Duisburg.

In total, Gyau logged a combined 172 appearances, including 118 starts, has scored 21 goals and added 13 assists in a nine-year career as a professional.

Additionally, he has earned three caps with the United States men’s national team, dating back to 2014. The last of those appearances came as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to Jamaica on June 5. 

Professional football also runs in the Gyau family. Joe is the son of former U.S. international Philip Gyau and the grandson of Joseph “Nana” Gyau, a former Ghanaian international.

Gyau faced interest from multiple MLS clubs. The attacker said in June that “a couple teams have reached out.” Cincinnati having his discovery rights meant the club had first right of refusal, and the two parties were able to work out a deal.

The first-year MLS club made room for Gyau’s arrival on the roster by waiving midfielder Eric Alexander on Tuesday. 

FC Cincinnati returns to the field Saturday when the team travels to Columbus for the first of two “Hell Is Real” rivalry games in three weekends. Gyau is not expected to play a part in the match.

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