Zico Bailey was acquired by FC Cincinnati via trade on December 12, 2019 from LA Galaxy. FCC acquired the Homegrown rights to Bailey and signed him to a Homegrown contract, in exchange for a fourth-round 2020 MLS SuperDraft selection.
2021 (FC Cincinnati): Made 11 appearances, including five starts, including starting the final seven matches of the season … Scored his first career MLS goal in the season finale against Atlanta United FC at TQL Stadium in the 21st minute … Made his season debut at NYCFC (April 24) as a sub for the match’s final nine minutes … Made his first start Sept. 15 at Atlanta … His first, full 90 minute performance came at Inter Miami CF on Oct. 23, part of a three game stretch when he went 90, 89, 90 minutes … Totaled 10 interceptions, and career-bests in duel percentage (113.6%), minutes (685) and passes (279).
2020 (FC Cincinnati): Made five appearances, including three starts ... made MLS and FCC debut at the Philadelphia Union (Oct. 7) in the 29th minute ... replaced an injured Greg Garza in the first half ... completed 21-of-24 passes for an 87.5% passing accuracy ... played four minutes against D.C. United (Oct. 18) ... replaced Alvaro Barreal late in the second half ... made his first career start and played 90 minutes against Minnesota United FC (Oct. 24) ... completed 40-of-43 passes for a 93% passing accuracy ... started and played 78 minutes against Sporting Kansas City (Oct. 28) ... completed 33-of-36 passes for a 91.7% passing accuracy ... replaced by Saad Abdul-Salaam in the second half ... started and played 63 minutes against Inter Miami CF (Nov. 8) ... replaced by Brandon Vazquez in the second half ... MLS is Back Tournament: Did not make an appearance.
OUTSIDE MLS: Following his freshman season, Bailey signed for Swedish top-tier side Kalmar FF in April 2019 … Months later, he joined Danish second-division club FC Helsingør, where he played for the remainder of the 2019 season.
COLLEGE (Cal State Fullerton): Began his collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton … with the Titans, Bailey made 21 appearances, including 17 starts, scoring one goal and adding two assists … was named to the Big West Conference All-Freshman Team