FC Cincinnati's partnership with German club TSG Hoffenheim has landed the MLS team its first player as forward Franko Kovacevic was acquired on loan through the end of the 2021 season.

The two clubs formed a partnership on Sept. 25.

"We are glad to be able to utilize our partnership with Hoffenheim in such a short period of time after the two clubs have partnered," FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp said in a statement. "Franko is a player that will provide competition for our forward position group."

A native of Croatia, Kovacevic joined Hoffenheim in 2019 but has not played in a game with the club's first team. He has six goals and an assist in 11 appearances with TSG Hoffenheim II, the club's second team.

The 21-year old previously played in Croatia for HNK Hajduk Split and NK Rudes.

FC Cincinnati is 3-10-4 (13 points) and below the playoff line in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the closest playoff qualifier Atlanta United FC. They have scored just eight goals all season, last among all MLS clubs.

The club plays at home against Columbus on Wednesday.

--Field Level Media

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