TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Report
Various reports surfaced Tuesday that the U.S. men’s national team winger, whose loan from Anderlecht was set to last through July 7, will return to the Belgian side early. According to sources cited by The Athletic, the early termination of the deal will give FCC a nominal amount of cap relief.
Saief, 25, has experienced an up-and-down spell with the expansion club. He has missed the club’s last three games with a hamstring injury, though was a key fixture under former head coach Alan Koch, scoring once and assisting twice. Saief was originally acquired on loan March 6.
Some breaking #FCCincy news from @samstejskal and myself: Kenny Saief's time in the Queen City is up. Sources telling @TheAthleticSCCR that the team is in the process of terminating the U.S. international's loan. https://t.co/qmDjJX8tLH— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) June 11, 2019
Saief is expected to continue his rehabilitation at Anderlecht, who recently appointed Manchester City great Vincent Kompany as player-manager.
Back in April, Saief told MLSsoccer.com of his time with the expansion club: “It’s really nice, it’s a great group and I’m enjoying my time here. On and off the field, I’m having a great time right now.”
Heading into the Secondary Transfer Window from July 7 to Aug. 7, Saief’s departure creates a need for FCC in the attacking third. They’re currently bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and have a league-worst 14 goals scored through 16 matches.
To help remedy that, newly-appointed general manger Gerard Nijkamp is surely hard at work.