This story originally ran in The Cincinnati Enquirer on July 30, 2018
His introduction was quiet.
On Friday, he stepped out of the Futbol Club Cincinnati locker room, met his new teammates and took in the atmosphere. The next night, he went unnoticed sitting beneath The Bailey while those teammates signed autographs for hundreds of fans on the field.
Even Monday afternoon, when he was publicly unveiled as an FC Cincinnati player, Fatai Alashe settled for a supporting role in the press conference while Fanendo Adi was unveiled as the club’s first Major League Soccer Designated Player.
Perhaps it’s Alashe’s personality, or perhaps Cincinnati supporters are unaware of the young talent their club just signed. Maybe it’s a mix of both.
Regardless, head coach Alan Koch knows he might have a signing with untapped potential who can provide a foundation for Cincinnati’s looming MLS franchise. (continue reading here)