The Brenner Souva da Silva, the award-winning acquisition of FC Cincinnati for the 2021 Major League Soccer season, has officially arrived.
While the deal to bring the now-ex Sao Paulo FC to Cincinnati FC was signed in February, the young talent known simply as “Brenner” landed at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport on Saturday Region and was greeted there by team staff, including General Manager Gerard Nijkamp.
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Brenner was officially confirmed for a move to FCC on February 9th and brought to the club for one of the allegedly highest transfer fees in MLS history.
After joining his team for preseason training, which officially begins on Monday, Brenner is expected to score goals and lots of them in 2021.
“I’m very excited. I’ve been talking to my friends about how great it is going to be, how excited I am and I have great expectations and I’m looking forward to getting started,” said Brenner in a team-provided interview. “I am very excited. It is a great challenge for me and another opportunity to perform and excel. I am very excited to be able to start the new facility.”
Brenner is being classified as a young player for the club to be added to their squad before the 2021 season.
The club on Wednesday confirmed its preseason schedule, which includes training in Cincinnati through March 22, followed by a 12-day stint in Orlando before closing the preseason in Cincinnati ahead of the April 17 opening game.
The games, which will not be streamed online, include a closed game against an opponent that will be announced on March 13th at the Mercy Health Training Center in Milford.
On Thursday, Louisville City FC announced of the USL second division championship that they would travel to Cincinnati for a game on March 13 and April 7.
The club will train at its Milford facility until it leaves for Orlando on March 23. There they will play preseason games on March 27th against Chicago Fire FC, on March 31st against Orlando City SC and on April 3rd against Minnesota United FC.
The Florida games and training sessions take place at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
The preseason ends with training from April 4th to 16th in Cincinnati.
MLS announced weeks ago that the 2021 regular season would start on April 17th. Cincinnati FC will not host a game in their new West End Stadium for about a month in the new season.