Weekly News Roundup: January 15-January 21

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FC Cincinnati news
Nazmi Albadawi officially signs with FC Cincinnati-This past week, FC Cincinnati publically announced the signing of midfielder Nazmi Albadawi. Albadawi is possibly the most prolific signing the club has made in their history, and finally brings them a true #10. Cincinnati Enquirer writer Charlie Hatch wrote a great article about what Albadawi brings to the club. 

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Pat Brennan also pointed out the signing is a multi-year deal. This can be nothing but good news all around for FC Cincinnati.
Full USL season unveiled-The full FC Cincinnati schedule has been unveiled, and it includes many great matchups for the Orange and Blue. Their games against Louisville City FC will, of course, be the matches to look out for, but with every team in the USL getting better, this season will be interesting to say the least. Don’t forget there will be U.S. Open Cup matches somewhere in the schedule as well, which will lead to a very fun year of soccer.
Preseason Schedule finally shown-FC Cincinnati has shown the preseason schedule for the club, and it begins February 6 at IMG Academy. The club will renew their preseason rivalry against Sacremento Republic FC, and will play Indy Eleven and Nashville SC in the preseason as well. The preseason will be a good time for Coach Alan to work around with the line-up, and see what works, and what doesn’t.
First week of training-FC Cincinnati finally began their first week of training last week. FC Cincinnati is posting many videos and photos to their social media accounts, like their Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Tom Gelehrter interviewed Coach Koch after the first training session, and this is the video of the interview.
Jeff Berding attends the MLS SuperDraft-Jeff Berding, along with Pat Brennan, attended the MLS SuperDraft. It is not known why Berding attended the event, but he has been at MLS All-Star games and other event. Pat Brennan wrote a story about some of Berding’s history with attending MLS events, and what it might mean for the club. 

Andrew Wiedeman hangs up his cleats-Andrew Wiedeman has finally announced that he is retiring from professional soccer. Many people had suspected as much, but to finally hear it from the man is obviously what fans have been waiting for. Wiedeman was one of the FC Cincinnati originals, and has some of the best plays in FC Cincinnati history, most notably his goal, that was wrongly called offsides, against the Chicago Fire. He will surely be missed in the FC Cincinnati community, and wish him all the best.