FC Cincinnati updates roster by adding forward, midfielder

FC Cincinnati 2 have bolstered their ranks with Friday’s announcements Sacramento Republic FC forward Ousman Touray and Mario Penagos have joined the club via contract and loan deals respectively, team officials confirmed.

The exact terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Touray, 19, has signed a contract after a successful loan spell in recent weeks. The 6-foot-5 striker made an appearance in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Rochester NY FC after his goal in a June 7 friendly against Fort Wayne FC.

FC Cincinnati interim head coach Tyrone Marshall shouts from the sideline during the first half of FC Cincinnati's game against Orlando City on Saturday October 16, 2021. Orlando City leads the game at the half with a score from 1-0.

Touray joins forwards Isaac Calderon, who made his FCC2 debut as a substitute against Rochester, Andrew Akindele, who was one of the first to be added to the team’s inaugural roster in March, and Nick Markanich.

In addition to Touray, FCC2 has an agreement with Sacramento Republic FC (SRFC) of the USL Championship. On loan, with an option to buy until the 2022 season and after league and federation approval, the club acquired Mario Penagos.

Penagos, 20, is on loan to FCC until the end of 2022 with an option to buy in the deal with Sacramento.

Penagos signed a contract with the Sacramento first team in January 2020 after playing five years in the club’s youth academy. There he scored 54 goals in 124 appearances.

A 5-foot-8 midfielder, Penagos stood out both personally and in Sacramento’s dynamics. He made an immediate impact rising through the ranks, securing a place in the Republic FC history books after scoring his first career goal as a professional against Portland Timbers 2.

Penagos’ player profile says he posted 70.8% passing accuracy in the 2021 season, the same pass rate as his rookie season (2020), but with 300 more passes.

That helped him finish in the team’s top five in passing accuracy with 73.5% in the offensive half, and also post a career-high 10 shots.

His profile also states that when he played at least 30 minutes on the court, the Republic averaged 1.24 points per game, third-best among Sacramento players.

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