Medunjanin returns for another year with FC Cincinnati

Haris Medunjanin re-signed with FC Cincinnati, returning on a one-year deal with a club option for 2023.
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Haris Medunjanin officially is back with FC Cincinnati.

A day after opening preseason training with the team, Medunjanin finalized a deal Wednesday to keep him in Cincinnati through the 2022 season, with a club option for 2023. The five-year MLS veteran and 17-year professional spent the last two seasons with FCC but had a chance to explore free agency this offseason and ended up back with the Orange and Blue.

A day after opening preseason training with the team, Medunjanin finalized a deal Wednesday to keep him in Cincinnati through the 2022 season, with a club option for 2023. The five-year MLS veteran and 17-year professional spent the last two seasons with FCC but had a chance to explore free agency this offseason and ended up back with the Orange and Blue.

Medunjanin had said late last season he felt like he had at least one more year left in his playing career and wasn’t ready to retire, despite hinting earlier in the year that he was beginning to think about life after soccer. However, he also had wanted to try to get closer to his family overseas.

In bringing Medunjanin back, general manager Chris Albright and coach Pat Noonan have another player familiar with their system brought over from Philadelphia, joining former Union defenders Ray Gaddis and Alvas Powell on the roster. Medunjanin spent the 2017-2019 seasons with the Union, where Albright was technical director and Noonan served as an assistant coach.

FCC acquired Medunjanin with the first selection of the 2019 End-of-Year Waivers Draft after the Union declined his option for 2020. Since then, the midfielder has appeared in 50 games for the Orange and Blue, tied for the fourth-most appearances in FCC history, scoring four goals and adding three assists.

“We’re excited to welcome Haris back to FC Cincinnati,” Albright said in a news release. “He’s one of the most talented and professional players that I’ve ever been around and his leadership on and off the field are an important piece to our team.”

Last season, Medunjanin’s three goals set a career-high for his MLS career and he appeared in 29 games with 18 starts.

Medunjanin started 98 matches in three seasons for Philadelphia, where in his final campaign he led all MLS players in total passes (2,571), total completed passes (2,182), passes in the opponent’s half (1521) and completed passes in the opponent’s half (1,217). The midfielder was the lone outfield player in MLS to play every minute of every regular season match in 2019.

In his professional career, Medunjanin has made more than 450 combined career appearances in the top divisions of the United States, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey and Israel, as well as the UEFA Champions League.

Internationally, Medunjanin represented Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2009 through 2018, earning 60 caps, while scoring nine goals and adding two assists across all competitions. Medunjanin was chosen to be on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he made two appearances in group stage matches against Argentina and Nigeria.

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