Player Details

Name

Allan Cruz

Pronunciation

CRUISE

Height

5' 5"

Weight

115 lbs

Date of Birth

2.24.1996 (26)

Position

Midfielder

Position Detail

Central Midfielder

Preferred Side

Centre

Roster Category

Senior

Player Category

Designated Player
Career Summary

FC Cincinnati acquired midfielder Allan Cruz on January 18, 2019 via transfer from Costa Rican side Herediano.

2021 (FC Cincinnati): Made 22 appearances, 18 starts, where he scored one goal … ended the season with 58 games played for the Orange and Blue, which is the most in the club’s three year history … his goal, a game-winner, came on June 26 at Toronto FC where his goal was in the fourth minute, the fourth-fastest goal in club history … he has scored three of the quickest four goals in club history … made his first start at New York City FC (April 24) where he went the full 90 minutes … next start came in the TQL Stadium Opener (May 16) vs Inter Miami CF … called up to the Costa Rican National Team in March for friendlies vs. Bosnia & Herzegovina and Mexico, for the Concacaf Nations League Semifinals vs. Mexico and Third-Place Match vs. Honduras and the Concacaf Gold Cup.

2020 (FC Cincinnati): Made 14 appearances, including eight starts, scoring one goal ... scored FC Cincinnati’s first goal of 2020 in 90-minute shift in season opener at New York (March 1) ... scored within the first minute of a half for the third time in MLS career ... started and played 90 minutes at Atlanta (March 7) ... replaced Siem de Jong at halftime against D.C. United (Aug. 21) ... returned to the starting lineup against Chicago Fire FC (Aug. 25) ... was replaced by Siem de Jong in the first half after picking up an injury ... returned to action as a second-half substitute logging 27 minutes against Chicago Fire FC (Sept. 2) ... replaced Adrien Regattin in the second half ... was unavailable against Columbus Crew SC (Sept. 6) because of an injury ... played 25 minutes against New York City FC (Sept. 12) ... replaced Yuya Kubo in the second half ... played 12 minutes against New York Red Bulls (Sept. 19) ... replaced Yuya Kubo in the second half ... returned to the starting lineup and played 89 minutes against Philadelphia Union (Sept. 23) ... replaced by Caleb Stanko late in the second half ... started and played 71 minutes at New York City FC (Sept. 26) ... was replaced by Yuya Kubo in the second half ... made third consecutive start and played 70 minutes at Minnesota United FC (Oct. 3) ... was replaced by Brandon Vazquez in the second half ... started and played 62 minutes at the Philadelphia Union (Oct. 7) ... was replaced by Kamohelo Mokotjo in the second half ... played 26 minutes against Toronto FC (Oct. 11) ... replaced Alvaro Barreal in the second half ... started and played 90 minutes against Columbus Crew SC (Oct. 14) ... was unavailable the last five matches of the season due to injury ... MLS is Back Tournament: Made two appearances ... made first appearance as a substitute against Columbus (July 11) in the MLS is Back Tournament ... replaced Adrien Regattin in the 63rd minute ... was unavailable for selection in group-stage match against Atlanta (July 16) because of an injury ... replaced Adrien Regattin in the second half in the Round of 16 match against Portland (July 28) ... scored Cincinnati’s second penalty in the shootout.

2019 (FC Cincinnati): Made 22 appearances, including 21 starts, scored a team-high seven goals and added one assist ... only player in MLS to record multiple first-minute goals ... earned FC Cincinnati’s Golden Boot for most goals among all FCC players … was named to MLS Team of the Week bench for his performance in Week 28 ... made FC Cincinnati debut and played 73 minutes at Atlanta (March 10) ... led all FC Cincinnati players with four tackles ... was replaced by Kenny Saief in the second half ... started, played 90 minutes and recorded his first MLS and FCC goal against Portland (March 17) ... goal was nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week for MLS Week 3 ... missed the match at New England due to being on international duty with Costa Rica (March 24) ... returned to the starting lineup and played 76 minutes before being replaced by Frankie Amaya in the second half against Philadelphia (March 30) ... started and played 90 minutes against Sporting Kansas City (April 7) ... started and played 66 minutes at LAFC (April 13) ... was replaced by Roland Lamah in the second half ... started and played 67 minutes against Real Salt Lake (April 19) ... was replaced by Kekuta Manneh in the second half ... made first substitute appearance and logged 21 minutes at New York Red Bulls (April 27) ... replaced Kenny Saief in the second half ... returned to the starting lineup and played 90 minutes at Philadelphia (May 1) ... became the first FCC player to score multiple goals by tallying against Montreal (May 11) ... was replaced by Kekuta Manneh in the second half ... missed consecutive matches against Orlando (May 19) and New York (May 25) because of an ankle injury ... returned to the starting lineup and played 70 minutes at Colorado (June 1) ... was replaced by Kekuta Manneh in the second half ... missed matches at New York City FC (June 6), against the LA Galaxy (June 22) and at Minnesota United FC (June 29) while with Costa Rica for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup ... returned to the FC Cincinnati starting lineup and played 90 minutes against the Houston Dynamo (July 6) ... tallied first-ever MLS assist on Kekuta Manneh’s goal ... scored a first-minute goal at the Chicago Fire (July 13) ... was replaced by Nick Hagglund in second-half stoppage time ... started and played 78 minutes against D.C. United (July 18) ... was replaced by Victor Ulloa in the second half ... started and played 90 minutes against the New England Revolution (July 21) … started and played 90 minutes at Toronto FC (July 27) ... recorded a team-high four tackles ... recorded fourth goal in 67 minutes of match action against Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Aug. 3) ... scored third goal within the first seven minutes of a match ... replaced by Frankie Amaya in the second half ... started and played 90 minutes at Columbus Crew SC (Aug. 10) ... tallied team-leading fifth goal in 90-minute shift against NYCFC (Aug. 17) ... started and played 90 minutes against Columbus Crew SC (Aug. 25) ... started and played 90 minutes at FC Dallas (Aug. 31) ... was unavailable for selection against Toronto FC while on international duty with Costa Rica (Sept. 7) ... scored 28 seconds into the match at Montreal (Sept. 14) ... broke the club’s previous record for fastest goal scored in a game ... left the match with an injury in the 70th minute ... was replaced by Fatai Alashe in the second half ... missed matches against Atlanta United (Sept. 18) and Chicago (Sept. 21) because of a concussion ... scored FCC-leading seventh goal against Orlando City SC (Sept. 29) ... was replaced by Tommy McCabe in the second half ... was unavailable for selection in the season finale at D.C. United because of a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation (Oct. 6).

OUTSIDE MLS: Cruz came to Cincinnati after playing six professional seasons in his native Costa Rica. Cruz has played exclusively in Costa Rica’s top division, Liga FPD, with Herediano (2017-19) and Uruguay de Coronado (2013-16) … In Herediano’s 2018-19 winter season, Cruz scored five goals and added three assists in 27 appearances across all competitions. Cruz was part of the squad that captured El Team’s 27th title for their performance in Liga FPD’s winter season. Herediano also claimed the 2018 Scotiabank Concacaf League title in the competition’s second year of existence. Cruz tallied in the first leg of the of the final in that competition.

INTERNATIONAL: Has earned 24 caps and has scored two goals for the Ticos ... made his senior team debut on September 7, 2018 against South Korea … scored his first goal with Costa Rica against Peru on Nov. 20, 2018 ... made four appearances during the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup ... scored and recorded an assist in Costa Rica’s group stage match against Nicaragua on June 16.

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