FC Cincinnati acquires Lakota West grad Hagglund from Toronto FC

Another Lakota West alumnus is set to play for FC Cincinnati.

FCC, which begins play in Major League Soccer this year, acquired defender Nick Hagglund from Toronto FC on Wednesday in exchange for $250,000 in allocation money over the next two years and a swap of allocation ranking. The transaction makes him the second Lakota West product to play for the local professional soccer team. Matt Bahner played the previous two seasons for Cincinnati in the United Soccer League.

Hagglund, a 2010 graduate of West and former Xavier University standout, spent the five years of his professional career with Toronto after the Canadian MLS side selected him 10th overall in the 2014 SuperDraft. He was a four-year starter for the Musketeers and a two-time conference player of the year.

“We are thrilled to add Nick to our roster,” FC Cincinnati coach Alan Koch said in a press release Wednesday. “He has been part of a team that has captured an MLS Cup championship and knows what is required to achieve and sustain success in this league. We look forward to his return to Cincinnati and seeing him embrace this opportunity to play for his hometown.”

The 26-year-old defender has made 88 MLS regular-season appearances, including 67 starts, with TFC. In 2017, he was part of the squad that claimed Toronto’s first-ever MLS Cup championship. Last season, he scored a career-high three goals in 20 appearances.

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