Cincinnati (2019-2019): After joining FC Cincinnati midway through the 2018 season, Adi made nine regular-season appearances in the USL Championship, scoring three goals and helping Cincinnati win the 2018 USL Regular-Season Championship. He made 12 regular-season appearances (seven starts) for FC Cincinnati during the 2019 MLS season, scoring one goal.
Portland (2014-2018): During his time with the Timbers, Adi scored 51 goals and provided 14 assists in 126 regular-season appearances. The forward played a key role in guiding Portland to winning MLS Cup and the Western Conference Championship in 2015. Notably, Adi was twice named the Timbers’ Golden Boot Winner, leading the team with 16 strikes – a single-season career-high for the forward – in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Adi also made seven appearances in Concacaf Champions League action during his tenure with the Portland Timbers, scoring four goals.
Prior to his time in MLS, Adi plied his trade in Europe for six years, featuring for several teams including FC Copenhagen of Denmark’s First Division (2013-2014); two stints with AS Trencin of Slovakia’s topflight (2009-2011, 2012-2013); as well as Ukranian First Division sides SC Tavriya Simferopol (2011-2012), FC Dynamo Kyiv (2011) and FC Metalurh Donetsk (2011). Internationally, Adi has represented Nigeria at the Under-23 level, earning two caps in 2011.
INTERNATIONAL: Adi spent time in the Nigerian youth system with the Under-23 national team, last appearing in 2011. Adi was later called up to the full Nigeria national team for Africa Cup of Nations qualifying in March 2016, but did not make an appearance.
TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC acquires forward Fanendo Adi from Major League Soccer’s Waiver List on January 27, 2020.
Name: Fanendo Adi (FA-nen-doe AH-dee)
Born: October 10, 1990 in Lagos, Nigeria
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Acquired: Acquired by Crew SC on January 27, 2020
Previous Experience: FC Cincinnati (2018-2019), Portland Timbers (2014-2018), FC Copenhagen (2013-2014), AS Trencin (2012-2013), SC Tavriya Simferopol (2011-2012), FC Dynamo Kyiv (2011), FC Metalurh Donetsk (2011), AS Trencin (2009-2011)