On December 18th, FC Cincinnati announced the signing of Leonardo Bertone - who will occupy the eighth midfield signing to date.
Bertone has spent his entire career in Switzerland’s Super League with BSC Youngboys. He was an integral part of Youngboys’ 2017/2018 near wire-to-wire League championship, which qualified them for the biggest competition in all of soccer - the UEFA Champions league for 2018/2019.
Youngboys were placed in as tough of a group stage as you could imagine, having to compete against the likes of Manchester United, Valencia, and Juventus. Each of these teams are accustomed to tougher competition than Youngboys typically encounter.
While they failed to advance, they were able to take a victory from Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus, a match in which Bertone was used as a substitute - which is a nice feather in his cap.
Overall, Bertone has a different background and makeup from the typical MLS player, and we hope that will serve him well. Being that he’s only 24, we will look for him to be a starting fixture in our midfield hopefully for years to come.
In 179 appearances with Youngboys, Bertone netted 18 goals and 11 assists primarily out of the defensive midfield role.
It is unclear how this deal came together, or how much he’s on the books for. Tanksfermarkt values him at approximately £1.35M.
We do know that Alan Koch’s recent appearance at a BSC Youngboys match meant a lot to Bertone, as he indicated in his first interview with Alex Stec.
Bertone is native to Switzerland, and will occupy an International roster slot, one of eight permitted by MLS.