INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced on Wednesday it had signed three former FC Cincinnati players with defender Paddy Barrett and midfielders Kenney Walker and Tyler Gibson joining the club for the 2019 USL Championship season pending league and federation approval.
“We’re very happy to add Tyler, Kenney and Paddy to our squad for the 2019 season,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “They have proven themselves as excellent players and leaders. They will add a lot to our team and community.”
Barrett started all 16 appearances in 2018, recording 83 clearances, 34 interceptions and a single goal in his first USL Championship season. The 25-year-old began his professional playing career with Scottish side Dundee United FC before signing with Galway United FC for a single season. More recently, Barrett spent three years with League of Ireland Premier Division powerhouse Dundalk FC, where he competed in a UEFA Europa League playoff match and Champions League Qualifiers during his stay.
Walker, 29, had been a mainstay for FC Cincinnati since the team’s inaugural USL Championship season in 2016. Last season, the Wickliffe, Ohio native appeared in 27 matches and tallied three goals, three assists and 26 key passes. Walker has made 100 appearances overall in the USL Championship, having competed on loan with the LA Galaxy II over the club’s first two seasons after being selected 38th overall by LA Galaxy in the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. He helped the Los Angeles-based club capture three MLS Cups before leaving at the end of 2015.
Coming back from a preseason injury, Gibson had a solid season for Cincinnati after making his first USL Championship appearance against Nashville SC on August 4. The 27-year-old completed 83.8 percent of his passes at a rate of 51.1 passes per 90 minutes and recorded 10 interceptions.