A Tale of Two Tweets
Going into their second year in MLS, FC Cincinnati is already in a rebuild. Given how poorly last season went, and how the roster construction was probably worse, FCC has their work cut out for them. Shipping out under-performing players and convincing better players to join is no easy task.
And nothing put that quite into perspective like seeing these two tweets back to back in the ol' timeline:
Atlanta United, one of, if not the, best team in MLS since joining in 2017, selling on one of their better players for a boatload of MLS monopoly money. Meanwhile FC Cincinnati is trying out a fan favorite who struggled for playing time for the USL back in 2018.
This is not to say that McLaughlin is a bad player, or even that he would be a "bad" signing. Given the right salary, and assuming Jans and Nijkamp both make the decision to bring him along, I'm fine with it.
But the contrast between where FC Cincinnati is and where they want to be is perfectly captured here. While Atlanta is transferring fantastic MLS players they see as surplus to requirements, FC Cincinnati is going back to the same well that poisoned them last year in an attempt to build their way out. Hopefully FCC will find a way to profit off of existing assets rather than being forced to waive their only DP.