FC Cincinnati have confirmed the appointment of Jaap Stam as their new head coach.

Stam follows Ron Jans, who left the club earlier this season, and signs a one-and-a-half-year deal, with the option of another.

The 47-year-old told the club’s website that the appointment is a dream come true, “For myself, to get the opportunity to work in America and to work in MLS for a club like FC Cincinnati, it’s a dream.

“I’ve always liked the country and I’ve always liked the mentality of the people in the States as well in what they’re trying to achieve.

“To get the opportunity to work for FC Cincinnati and this project by building the club – hopefully even further than where they already are, because I think they’ve already done a great job – but being a presence as a team, even more in MLS, getting results and working together with the fans and everybody already working within the club, for me it’s a big challenge to do well.”

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