CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati announced on Wednesday it had signed Justin Hoyte, a former right back for Premier League club Arsenal, for the 2017 USL season.
“To add a player that has Premier League experience is a major addition to our squad,” said Cincinnati Head Coach Alan Koch. “Justin’s personality and humbleness for someone who has already achieved a significant amount in the game is enriching for our group. Our younger players can use him as a mentor as they grow their careers. I also know that Justin is incredibly motivated to be successful here in North America and I look forward to working with him. He is a versatile defender and will compete for a starting position in our team immediately.”
During his time at Arsenal, he was part of the squad that won the 2003-04 Premier League championship. He also won the FA Youth Cup with Arsenal in 2001. Hoyte made 80 Premier League appearances, seven UEFA Champions League appearances and has logged nearly 300 games as a professional.
After a brief stint with the Arsenal U18 team, Hoyte was transferred to the first team in 2003 and spent two seasons with Arsenal before being loaned to Sunderland. In 2008, he was acquired by Middlesbrough FC (Premier League) and played five seasons. In 2013, Hoyte was loaned to Millwall FC while the club was in the Championship, before being acquired by the South East London club the following year. Hoyte became a free agent in 2015 and signed on with Dagenham & Redbridge FC, of the National League before entering free agency and signing on with FCC.
Hoyte, from London, England, was a member of the England Youth national teams, competing on the U16, U19, U20, U21 sides. He has also earned 18 caps for the Trinidad & Tobago National Team.