Hounds sell François to Ottawa


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Christiano François settles a ball during the 2018 preseason - Matt Sunday / DKPS

While most the questions around the Riverhounds’ offseason have centered on who the team will add, the Hounds were sellers in their latest move.

The Hounds sold the contract of Christiano François, the speedy right-footed Haitian winger, to the Ottawa Fury for an undisclosed amount, the team announced Monday. The club picked up François' 2019 option on Nov. 13 but apparently got a deal they liked from the Fury to go ahead with the first outright sale of a player by the Hounds since D.C. United bought Rob Vincent before the 2016 season.

François appeared in 32 matches, starting 28, for the Hounds last season, and he finished the year with four goals and five assists. While often praised by coach Bob Lilley for his work rate and ability on the wing, François also drew criticism for his decision making from the coach, who brought François to the Hounds after he made the move from the Rochester Rhinos before last season.

The 25-year-old is now on his fourth USL club after playing in college at Maryland. He has appeared with Richmond (on loan from D.C. United), Rochester and the Hounds. His 2018 totals were professional season-bests in appearances, goals and points.

Lilley could not be reached immediately for comment on the sale.

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