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The 25-year-old reportedly departs for a $7.5 million fee that contains $1 million in add-ons, plus a sell-on clause.
"We’d like to thank Brandon for all his contributions to FC Cincinnati," general manager Chris Albright said in a statement. "He was a centerpiece of the team that brought FC Cincinnati its first trophy, and he’ll forever be part of the fabric of this club.
"He’s an incredibly talented player and an even better person, and we look forward to his future success. We wish Brandon and his family all the best."
Vazquez rose to stardom at FC Cincinnati, earning MLS Best XI honors in 2022 and helping their 2023 squad lift a Supporters' Shield title. He posted 26g/12a in 62 regular-season matches over the past two years, a figurehead in their turnaround from the MLS basement to the top tier. That's fueled his international career, tallying four goals in eight caps after choosing the US over Mexico.
Vazquez is FC Cincinnati's second outbound striker in as many transfer windows. Last summer, they sent Brenner to Udinese in Italy's Serie A for a reported $10 million fee, plus add-ons and a sell-on percentage.
Over the past year-plus, Vazquez was the subject of reported transfer interest from English and German clubs. But he joins a Rayados side that routinely challenges for Liga MX silverware and will compete in the 2025 FIFA Club World Cup (Concacaf Champions Cup winners in 2021). Their squad includes star attackers Germán Berterame, Maximiliano Meza and Sergio Canales, while Rogelio Funes Mori recently left for Tigres.
Vazquez spent the past seven seasons in MLS, first for Atlanta United (2017-19) before joining FC Cincinnati (2020-23). A Southern California native, his professional career started at Liga MX side Club Tijuana.
"Cincinnati holds a special place in my heart. The best years of my career have been here and I’ll cherish the memories I’ve had here forever," Vazquez said.
"Having Cincinnati fans behind my back for the past four years has pushed me to be able to achieve what I have been able to do. Not only me, but the team. I know every single player feels the exact same way. This city is special and I love it. Cincinnati, I have been so grateful for your support since day one. I just want to say thank you."
Two Designated Players – striker Aaron Boupendza and midfielder Luciano Acosta – remain as lynchpins in FC Cincinnati's attack. The club, which recently signed USMNT center back Miles Robinson in free agency, is expected to reinforce their final-third group in the weeks ahead.
FC Cincinnati and CF Monterrey could meet in the 2024 Leagues Cup. The annual summertime tournament between all MLS and Liga MX teams will be held from July 26 until Aug. 25.
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