Waived on Jan. 28, 2019.
Hountondji is a tall, athletic center back who joins NYCFC after leaving Ajaccio in Ligue 2. Hountondji is a dominant physical presence who is strong in the air.
INTERNATIONAL: Despite growing up in France and representing their U-16, U-17, U-18 and U-21 youth national teams, Cedric declared for the senior Beninese national team in 2017 and made his international debut in March of the same year, the first of five appearances to date.
OUTSIDE MLS: Hountondji was born in Toulouse in France and came through the youth ranks at Ligue 1’s Rennes, making his first-team debut in the 2013/14 season vs. Nice. He went on to make 17 appearances in his breakthrough season before he continued his development with two season-long loan spells in Ligue 2, at Chateauroux and Auxerre in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively. In total, he played 62 times across the two seasons before joining Gazelec Ajaccio on a permanent basis ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.