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Penn star Ben Stitz signs with FC Cincinnati 2



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University of Pennsylvania star Ben Stitz will begin his professional career with FC Cincinnati 2 in MLS Next Pro.

The team signed the Baltimore native to a contract for the 2023 season with an option for 2024. Stitz had a successful trial with the club after his hometown team DC United passed on signing him. DC United drafted the 22-year-old 31st overall in the second round.

Stitz enjoyed a breakout senior season scoring 11 goals and adding eight assists for the Ivy League champions. His first goal of the season against Colgate sparked a seven-match scoring run including two multi-goal performances against DePaul and Monmouth.

Stitz led the Quakers to a first-round win in the NCAA tournament, scoring twice against Rutgers, and earned Second-team All-Region and Second-team All-Ivy honors after setting career highs in goals, shots and shots on goal.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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