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FC Cincinnati trades Victor Ulloa to Inter Miami

Ulloa contributed one goal and two assists in 26 MLS appearances for the Orange and Blue.

FC Cincinnati midfielder Victor Ulloa (8) during the first half against the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on May 4, 2019. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

CINCINNATI — Victor Ulloa’s time in the Queen City is over.

FC Cincinnati has traded the midfielder’s rights to Major League Soccer newcomer Inter Miami FC, the team announced Monday. In exchange, FCC acquired $50,000 in general allocation money, a 2020 MLS SuperDraft third-round selection and the 26th pick in Stage 1 of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Inter Miami also received FC Cincinnati’s first pick in Stage 1 of the upcoming Re-Entry Draft. 

The trade was first reported by ProSoccerUSA in October.

“We are grateful for what Victor brought to this club both on and off the pitch, [and] we wish him all the best with his new opportunity in Miami,” FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp said in a prepared statement. “This move gives us an opportunity to have both better balance and more flexibility in our roster construction ahead of the 2020 MLS season.”

Ulloa, 27, made 26 appearances, including 22 starts, during his lone season with the Orange and Blue. The midfielder scored one goal and added two assists while logging the fourth-most minutes among all FCC players. He was acquired last year by Cincinnati after five seasons spent with FC Dallas in a deal worth up to $250,000 in general allocation money.

The move is the first in what’s expected to be a busy offseason for FC Cincinnati. The expansion side finished last in the Eastern Conference in 2018, and leadership has indicated changes are on the way. Cincinnati already overhauled its front office prior to the end of the 2018 season. The team first hired Nijkamp as general manager before bringing in fellow Dutchman Ron Jans as head coach

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