FC Cincinnati Adds Four in 2021 MLS SuperDraft

Wake Forest forward Calvin Harris is Cincinnati’s No. 2 overall pick.

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Rendering of the stadium

A stand-out forward from Wake Forest University leads FC Cincinnati’s pick-ups in the 2021 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

During the Jan. 22 draft, Cincinnati took Calvin Harris as its No. 2 overall pick. Harris, a rising junior at Wake Forest, signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS earlier this month, which gave the underclassman draft eligibility.

Harris, who was born in 2000 and hails from England, had 10 goals and five assists during his two years at Wake Forest. During the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Harris was second in goals with four, led the team in shots with 25 and started all nine games. He previously earned ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and ACC All-Freshman Team honors and is the second Wake Forest player to be selected by FC Cincinnati (Lucas Gdula joined the team at No. 13 in 2019).

During the draft, FC Cincinnati also selected midfielder Jonas Fjeldberg from the University of Dayton in the No. 54 slot. Originally from Norway, the senior made 52 appearances for the Flyers, scoring 17 goals and adding 17 assists. Fjeldberg led Dayton in goals scored during his sophomore and junior seasons and earned A-10 All-Rookie Team and A-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors.

FC Cincinnati also picked up defender Avionne Flanagan from South Florida as No. 29 and forward Matthew Vowinkel from Hofstra as No. 56. Cincinnati had acquired an additional second-round selection from Ohio rivals Columbus Crew SC in exchange for midfielder Fatai Alashe in August.


MLS plans to kick off the 2021 season in March. FC Cincinnati will play in its new West End Stadium. The team went a league-worst 4–15–4 in a shortened 2020 season.

For more information, visit fccincinnati.com.

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