End of loan from Franko Kovacevic


Croatian forward Franko Kovacevic’s time with FC Cincinnati has come to an end after less than a year on loan in the Queen City.

Kovecevic’s loan to FC Cincinnati, which had been extended in June until the end of the 2021 MLS season, ended when FC Cincinnati refused to exercise a contractual option to keep him at the club, announced. Wednesday officials.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, which are essentially Kovacevic’s parent club, are expected to loan the player out again.

“We thank Franko for his contribution to FC Cincinnati,” FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp said in a press release. “He’s got a new opportunity with a better playing time chance that we can’t guarantee him here. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors in the game. ”

Kovacevic arrived at FC Cincinnati at the end of the 2020 MLS season and made an appearance last year. This loan was part of FC Cincinnati’s strategic partnership with Hoffenheim, of the German first division of the Bundesliga.

Kovacevic, who held both a senior roster spot and an international roster spot, had his loan extended before it expired on June 30 so FC Cincinnati could further assess him after making just one appearance in 2021 – an eight-minute race against Colorado. Rapids on June 19.

As of that moment, and with a busy July looming, Kovacevic has only made two more appearances for a total of over 30 minutes.

FC Cincinnati’s last game in July is on Saturday against DC United.


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