Photo courtesy San Francisco Deltas
CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati announced on Tuesday it had signed former SF Deltas forward Tommy Heinemann for the 2018 USL season. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
Heinemann is the second Deltas player to join Cincinnati this offseason, following midfielder Tyler Gibson. A 6-foot-4 striker, the 30-year-old has also previously played in the USL and in Major League Soccer.
“Tommy is a big and strong center forward who leads through his actions,” said FC Cincinnati Head Coach Alan Koch. “Not only does he score goals, but his work-rate defensively sets the tone for the entire team. He was a major part of why the San Francisco Deltas won the NASL this last season and we anticipate that he will be a big part of our team. We look forward to welcoming him and his family to Cincinnati.”
A St. Louis native, Heinemann recorded a team-leading 10 goals and two assists over 31 appearances that included the Delta’s championship run. He also scored twice in three matches in 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The 2017 season was his second in the past three years to see Heinemann record double-digit goals, having notched 12 goals for Ottawa Fury FC in 2015.
Earlier in his career, Heinemann claimed the USL Second Division Championship with the Charleston Battery, earning championship game MVP honors in a 2-1 victory against the Richmond Kickers. That success saw him advance to Major League Soccer, where he competed for both Columbus Crew SC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC between 2011-13.