OTTAWA – Ottawa Fury FC announced on Monday it had acquired Haitian forward Christiano François from fellow USL Championship club Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC for an undisclosed fee. The transfer is pending league and federation approval.
“We’re excited to include François in the group for next season,” said Fury FC General Manager Julian de Guzman. “He has great qualities we’ve been searching for in a winger. He can score, he can create and his ability to take players on is among the best you’ll find in the USL Championship. This is exactly what we’re looking for in a difference maker for this club.”
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder spent the 2018 season with the Hounds where he recorded four goals and five assists in 32 appearances to help lead the club to a top-three finish in the Eastern Conference. François led the Hounds with 59 key passes, tied for 14th in the USL Championship overall and recorded more than 2,600 minutes of action across the regular season and postseason, good for fourth on the side.
“I’m happy to join the Ottawa Fury FC family,” said François. “I’m looking forward to meeting everyone. I chose Ottawa because of the environment it provides, and I’ve always had love for Canada! I know I can fit in the system, the way the team plays, and I hope to take the team to the playoffs this season and hopefully win a championship – that’s my goal.”
Prior to joining Riverhounds SC, François played for the Rochester Rhinos in 2017, where he led the team with six assists despite playing only 12 games (10 starts) due to injury. He also added a goal and started both the Rhinos’ 2017 contests in the USL Cup Playoffs.
François made the jump to the professional ranks on January 24, 2014, when D.C. United selected François via a waiver draft. He did not make an appearance for the MLS side and was loaned to the Richmond Kickers, where he scored one goal in 10 appearances.
Before turning pro, François played at the University of Maryland from 2012-13. As a freshman, he played in all 24 games and totalled five goals and four assists on 35 shots. He redshirted his sophomore campaign before leaving Maryland for the waiver draft. At this time, François also had short stints for the Central Jersey Spartans and Baltimore Bohemians, both of USL League Two.