GM Gerard Nijkamp updates roster building

When Gerard Nijkamp arrived to FC Cincinnati in May 2019, he inherited a plan that essentially indicated FCC would build incrementally in its early years and reach full on-field maturity with the opening of the West End stadium in 2021.

Now, with the opening of the stadium just months away, fans are clamoring for high-profile player signings and citing concerns about the perceived lack of quality of the roster FC Cincinnati's building. 

Amid the rolling roster build, the coronavirus pandemic has adversely affected finances and labor talks between Major League Soccer's owners and the MLS Players Association have cast added uncertainty on the 2021 season, for which the opening day was only recently announced.

There's no question that as of Thursday, FC Cincinnati's roster is still lacking. By Nijkamp's own admission during a Thursday Zoom call, the club is still in search of a central midfielder, a center forward to bang in the goals, a winger and a starting-caliber central defender – all key components to fielding a successful team.

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