As quickly as he arrived, Adrien Regattin departed FC Cincinnati. The 29 year old French winger provided two assists, while starting seven out of ten matches for the club. While we saw glimpses of the grainy Turkish YouTube highlights, fans are mostly left to wonder what could have been.

Reggaeton (as I came to know him) endeared himself to the supporters almost immediately. His game relied heavily on an extreme workrate and covering large chunks of the field. When he did get on the ball he was one of the few FCC players determined to take defenders on 1 v 1. His array of stepovers was mostly window dressing, but when they paid off it was a thing of beauty.

Many saw his future as an offensive super sub for late game situations. His interjection against DC United was an instant game changer, as Reggae was desperate to get on the ball and press the action for all 26 of his match minutes. Adrien would have been a luxury for a well oiled FCC lineup, but in the team’s current form he was needed as a starter.

The positive takeaway is an international spot has immediately opened for new signing and winger replacement Alvaro Barreal. The pressure to put the high priced signing directly into the lineup will be even greater without the veteran Frenchman occupying his position.

Reggatin will be missed, but it’s tough to say he was around long enough to make that great an impression. It’s unfortunate his efforts were never rewarded by a packed Nippert Stadium with fans loudly cheering his extreme hustle. In the strange Covid times, it’s understandable he wasn’t able to acclimate to a brand new environment. Instead Regattin becomes another name added to the trivia list of former FC Cincinnati players. The line between legend and afterthought is a fine one around here, but it would be impossible to dispute he gave his all in the limited time he had.