FC Cincinnati to add first Cincinnati-native to MLS roster

Here's a first.

FC Cincinnati has traded for a home-grown player. He will be the team's first home-grown player on their MLS roster. His name is Nick Hagglund, and he went to Xavier University after being a standout high school player at Lakota West.

They dealt $250,000 in allocation money to Toronto FC for the 26-year-old defender.

Over the last two seasons, Hagglund has started 28 games for Toronto, seeing a total of 35 appearances.  Hagglund had three goals on 12 shots last season, a pretty solid ratio for a defensive player. With over 6,000 career minutes played, Hagglund will bring top-tier MLS experience to FCC.

At the USL-level, FC Cincinnati carried quite a few home-grown players. Matt Bahner and Austin Berry were both from born and raised in Cincinnati. Berry, who is still with the team, was the club's first captain during their inaugural season in 2017.

The team reporter, Charlie Hatch, caught up with coach Koch to get his thoughts on trading for Hagglund. Koch said that the young players from Cincinnati are 'amazing.'
“I’ve said it all along, there are amazing young players in the city,” Koch said. “Obviously, the city didn’t have an MLS team before and players had to go play in different places. It’s cool and it’s an amazing opportunity for the young kids now."
Koch loves the city, so don't be shocked to see him continue to snag home-grown players from Cincinnati for future rosters.

One of nine defenders of the team's inaugural MLS roster, Hagglund will have his hands full buying minutes on a team full of top-class defending talent.