Photo courtesy Brett Hansbauer / FC Cincinnati
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis FC announced on Saturday the club had signed former FC Cincinnati forward Kadeem Dacres, pending league and federation approval. The striker is no stranger to STLFC fans, having been a member of Louisville City FC for two seasons prior to heading to Cincinnati this past year.
“I’m excited for this new chapter with Saint Louis FC,” said Dacres. “[STLFC Head Coach] Anthony [Pulis] is building something special here and I can’t wait to get started with the guys.”
Dacres has made more than 100 appearances in the USL over his first four seasons in the league, having begun his career with Phoenix Rising FC in 2014 where he recorded three goals and one assist.
The 26-year-old then joined Louisville City FC for its inaugural season in 2015, and made 55 appearances for the club including a pair of trips to the Eastern Conference Final of the USL Cup Playoffs. Dacres recorded nine goals and four assists over his two seasons with Louisville before joining FC Cincinnati last offseason, where he recorded 12 key passes over 22 appearances, but was held off the scoresheet over the season.
Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
“Kadeem is a great addition to our group,” said STLFC Head Coach Anthony Pulis. “He’s someone who has a point to prove which really appeals to me. By his own admission, things didn’t go the way he would have hoped last year at Cincinnati but I believe we have a player who possesses a lot of ability, great pace, and a real determination to show people what he’s capable of doing.”
A native of Rosedale, N.Y., Dacres competed in the Premier Development League for both the Jersey Express and Reading United AC prior to his professional career, scoring 10 goals and three assists over three seasons. A former standout at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Dacres was selected in the Fourth Round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire before signing with Phoenix.