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FC Cincinnati acquire MF de Jong from Ajax

Field Level Media
21 Feb 2020, 02:40 GMT+10

FC Cincinnati acquired attacking midfielder Siem de Jong on a free transfer from Ajax, the team announced Thursday.

The 31-year-old Dutchman has appeared in four Eredivisie matches and four Champions League matches this season.

De Jong spent last season on loan with Australia's Sydney FC, tallying four goals and three assists in 15 league appearances.

"We believe Siem will play an important role in adding to the final third and efficiency of our attack," Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp said in a statement. "Not only does he have an impressive intelligence and skill set, he has also played in some of the most prestigious competitions and has been a leader on and off the pitch throughout his career. We feel he will be a great addition to our club."

De Jong debuted with Ajax in 2007 and registered 88 goals and 52 assists in 277 games with the club. He has also played for Newcastle United and PSV and has six caps with the Netherlands national team.

"For me, when FC Cincinnati presented their plan of how the club is growing and how they want to build the team here in the upcoming years, I felt this would be a good experience for me," de Jong said. "Hopefully, I can help the club and the players to build something special here."

Cincinnati opens the MLS regular season on March 1 on the road against the New York Red Bulls.

--Field Level Media

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