Florian Valot endured an injured-plagued career with the Red Bulls. (Photo courtesy of MLS)
The Red Bulls traded midfielder Florian Valot to FC Cincinnati, in exchange for $50,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money, the club announced Thursday.
New York also could receive an additional $50,000 in 2022 GAM, if Valot meets certain performance-based metrics.
“We appreciate all that Florian has given to this club over the last five-plus seasons,” Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “He has been consummate professional since he joined the club and we wish him all the best moving forward in his career.”
Valot, a native of Pau, France, signed his first-team contract Jan. 2, 2018 after two seasons with Red Bulls II. He played in 49 matches while recording 10 goals and 13 assists in the USL Championship. During his two-year stint with NYRB II, Valot helped bring a USL regular season and USL Cup trophy to the club in 2016.
“Flo is a top talent and good person to be around on-and-off the field,” head coach Gerhard Struber said. “We wish him the best moving forward.”
Following his stint with NYRB II, Valot began his MLS career in 2018 with three goals and five assists in 14 matches before suffering an ACL tear in his left knee. He returned the following season only to suffer an ACL tear in his right knee two games into the 2019 campaign.
Valot returned a second time to record season highs in games played (23), games started (17) and minutes played (1,510) along with two goals and three assists in 2020.
He sat the bench of the Red Bulls’ scoreless home draw with FC Cincy Wednesday night.