FC Cincinnati has extended the lease of striker Franco Kovacevic (pronounced ko-wa-chuh-vich) from TSG Hoffenheim.
Kovacevic made one start for the Orange-Blues last season and came off the bench in the Cincinnati v Colorado Rapids match on June 19. He was included in the active squad before this match after being on the injury list (hamstring).
“We’re delighted that Franco is staying,” said Cincinnati FC general manager Gerard Nijkamp. “We haven’t seen much from him since he was injured, so extending his lease gives us more time to evaluate him. This will give him the opportunity to prove himself to potentially earn a few minutes in matches, but he needs to prove himself. Jaap Stam. “
Kovacevic has played 48 career appearances, including 23 at the start, scored seven goals and added one assists in four professional seasons in Croatia and Germany. He joined Cincinnati FC after playing for HNK Hajduk Split (2017-19), NK Rudeš (2019) and TSG Hoffenheim II (2019-20).
On 24 August 2017, the striker made his debut for Croatian club Hajduk Split in the UEFA Europa League fourth round match against Everton. In total, he played 24 matches, including eight starts, for Hajduk Split and Hajduk Split II from 2017 to 19. He scored his first professional goal against Hajduk Split 2 at Varaždin on 15 September 2018.
Cincinnati FC will be back in action this weekend when the club visits Houston. The game is set to kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and the game will be televised on WSTR 64, broadcast on radio on ESPN1530, broadcast regionally on fccincinnati.com/stream, out of sale on ESPN +, and an audio stream streamed. available through the iHeartRadio app.