Maikel van der Werff
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on July 2, 2019
Van der Werff is an experienced center back who anchored FC Cincy's backline after arriving midway through the 2019 season. He made 22 starts and should again be a calming presence in 2021.
OUTSIDE MLS: The center back has made a combined 247 first-team appearances, including 207 starts, during the course of 11 professional seasons in the Netherlands. Van der Werff scored 23 goals and added 19 assists across all competitions with Vitesse, PEC Zwolle and Dutch second-tier side FC Volendam (2008-13). In the 2018-19 season, van der Werff made 30 appearances for Vitesse across all competitions, where he scored four goals and added four assists. Van der Werff’s professional career began in 2008, when he made his professional debut for FC Volendam in a Dutch Cup third-round match against AFC Ajax. The center back went on to make 76 appearances, score 11 goals and add nine assists across all competitions during the course of his five seasons with Volendam. Following the 2011-12 season, van der Werff joined newly promoted side PEC Zwolle in the Dutch top-tier Eredivisie. In three seasons with PEC Zwolle, van der Werff made 77 appearances, scored eight goals and added two assists. In 2013-14, van Der Werff started five of six Dutch Cup matches as PEC Zwolle went on to win their first-ever major trophy. The following season, the center back was part of the squad that not only claimed the 2014 Johan Cruyff Shield via a 1-0 win against Ajax, but also recorded the club’s highest-ever finish in the Eredivisie – sixth place. Van der Werff joined Vitesse for the 2015-16 Eredivisie season. In four seasons with the Arnhem-based squad, van der Werff made 94 appearances, scored four goals and registered eight assists across all competitions. The center back added a third trophy to his resume when Vitesse defeated AZ Alkmaar, 1-0, to claim the 2016-17 Dutch Cup. Vitesse competed in the UEFA Europa League in three of his four seasons with the club.