HOW ACQUIRED: Signed from Herediano on Jan. 18, 2019.
Cruz is a tenacious central midfielder, with the Costa Rican likened to a "Tico Kante" for his skills at winning the ball and tidy play to facilitate transition play for his teammates. The youngster has broken through quickly in his native country, and if he can settle quickly, could play a significant role in FC Cincinnati's inaugural season in MLS.
INTERNATIONAL: Has six caps with the Costa Rican national team as of 2018, scoring one goal. Was also a Costa Rican international at U-23 level.