Raymon Gaddis comes out of retirement to join FC Cincinnati on two-year deal

Chris Smith
Gaddis was a stalwart for the Philadelphia Union and will offer plenty of experience to FC Cincinnati's defense.
Gaddis was a stalwart for the Philadelphia Union and will offer plenty of experience to FC Cincinnati's defense. / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Philadelphia Union full-back Raymon Gaddis has come out of retirement to sign for FC Cincinnati.

The 31-year-old called time on his playing career at the end of the 2020 MLS season, sitting out the previous campaign.

But the full-back has been tempted back onto the pitch by Cincy general manager Chris Albright and head coach Pat Noonan - the former served as the Philadelphia Union's technical director during Gaddis' time there, while the latter was assistant to head coach Jim Curtin.

Gaddis has signed a contract through 2023 with an option for the 2024 season.

“When Ray stepped away from the game a year ago, he was arguably playing at the highest level of his career,” Albright said in an official club press release.

“He’s a lockdown defender and with the ability to play both outside back positions. His character and leadership are second-to-none, and he will be an excellent addition to the group.”

"I'm excited to be in Cincinnati. This is an extraordinary time for FC Cincinnati, let's go," Gaddis said in a video posted to the club's official Twitter account.

Gaddis was a key figure for the Union during his nine-year spell at Subaru Park, breaking the club's records for MLS appearances (221) and minutes played (18,702). His crowning moment was helping Philadelphia win the Supporters' Shield in 2020, shortly before his retirement.

Cincinnati are in much need of the defensive solidity Gaddis can offer after conceding a league-high 74 goals last season as they finished bottom of the overall standings for the third year in a row.

Gaddis will join Alvas Powell and Alec Kann at TQL Stadium as Cincy's defensive signings so far this offseason, while the club have also acquired forward Dominique Badji via free agency.

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