Best Of 2018

Best FC Cincinnati Wildcard: Djiby Fall

A native to Thiès, Senegal, former FC Cincinnati forward Djiby Fall scored 16 of the club’s 42 goals, including four game-winners, to lead the team last season. However, Fall’s knack for finding the back of the net likely won’t be what keeps him in the minds of the FCC faithful as he suits up for Kazakhstan’s FC Irtysh Pavlodar in 2018, but rather his knack for drawing cards from referees’ pockets. The 32-year-old Fall conceded 58 fouls — the second-highest count on the roster -— and a combination of five yellow/red cards through 25 games with FCC in 2017, a testament to his aggressive on-field demeanor. Fall also received a six-game suspension following the club’s draw against Louisville City FC on April 25, 2017 -— he was given a one-game suspension for a red card in the 87th minute and an additional five-game suspension for what was deemed “major game misconduct.” The additional five games were believed to be the byproduct of Fall and Louisville midfielder Niall McCabe’s scuffle following the red card, in which Fall was later accused of biting McCabe’s cheek by Louisville coach James O’Connor. Surely, Cincinnati will be chomping at the bit for a player to fill Fall’s tenacious presence in 2018, as will those in attendance. FC Cincinnati, fccincinnati.com.