Former Scorpion Omar Cummings Retires

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Former San Antonio Scorpions forward, Omar Cummings announced his retirement from professional soccer on Sunday in an FC Cincinnatti press release.

Cummings played his last professional soccer game on Monday nightwhen FC Cincinnati played Valencia in a midseason friendly. He received aspecial tribute at half-time, but will remain with the club, moving to a front office role with FC Cincinnati with the youth academy.

2015 was Cummings only season in San Antonio, playing one of the best seasons by a forward in San Antonio soccer history. Cummings played 29 matches in that season, scoring 10 goals, a vital contribution in what was ultimately a disappointing final season for the club.

With 10 goals in one season Cummings was tied for fifth in the Scorpions goal scoring all-time list, with all above him, except for Billy Forbes,having played multiple seasons. Cummings sits seventh in the all San Antonio scorers list currently.

It was a short move to San Antonio for Cummings who joined the Scorpions from Houston Dynamo so only had to travel on I-10 west. In two seasons at the Dynamo, Cummings made 37 appearances and scored three goals before the move.

Two of Cummings three Dynamo goals were vital playoff goals back when Houston played in the Eastern Conference, coming in the 2013 EasternConference finals. In the first leg Cummings scored in the 95th to cap a comeback before scoring in the 104th minute of the second leg to wrap up the series.

Cummings started his professional career at Colorodo Rapids who drafted him as the 31st overall pick in the 2007 MLS Superdraft. He would go on to be at the club until 2012, despite a trial with West Ham which never eventuated in to a full deal due to visa issues.

FC Cincinnati has been something of a homecoming for Cummings, who played collegiate soccer in the city for both Cincinnati State College and the University of Cincinnati from 2003-2006. Cummings majored in Criminal Justice while in College and playing for the Bearcats.

On top of a decorated career in the United States Cummings had a successful international career with his native Jamaica. Cummings appeared 35 times for Jamaica, scoring seven goals, his first coming in a friendly against the Cayman Islands.

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