Forrest Lasso

Forrest Lasso (born May 11, 1993 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American soccer player who plays for Tampa Bay Rowdies in the USL Championship.

Forrest Lasso
Lasso with FC Cincinnati in 2019
Personal information
Full name Forrest Baldwin Lasso
Date of birth (1993-05-11) May 11, 1993
Place of birth Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Youth career
2002–2011 Capital Area Soccer League
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Wofford Terriers 71 (14)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013 GPS Portland Phoenix
2015–2017 Charleston Battery 53 (7)
2018 FC Cincinnati 29 (3)
2019 FC Cincinnati 5 (0)
2019Nashville SC (loan) 12 (1)
2020– Tampa Bay Rowdies 0 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 23, 2019

Youth and college

Lasso played high school soccer at Needham B. Broughton High School. During his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons, Lasso won conference championships, which advanced the team to the state tournament those years. Lasso was selected to the All-CAP 8 Conference team following his junior and senior years and the All-Region team his senior year.

Lasso played college soccer at Wofford College as a center back. During his time at Wofford College, Lasso started in each of the 71 games he played in for the Terriers over his four-year collegiate career. Lasso totaled 14 goals and 8 assists for 36 points during his time at Wofford College. Four of Lasso's goals were game winners, including a header to clinch the 2013 Southern Conference regular season championship over #14 Furman University. Lasso also earned Southern Conference honors all four years of his career for being named to the 2011 Socon All-Freshman Team, the 2012 and 2013 Second Teams, 2013 All-South Region Third Team, 2014 SoCon First Team, and 2014 All-South Region First Team. Lasso also received Third Team All-America honors from the NSCAA. Lasso is the fifth Wofford men's soccer player to earn All-America honors, joining Nick Schuermann as the only other Terrier to earn All-America honors in the Division I era.


According to Lasso's personal website, he played for the Premier Development League side GPS Portland Phoenix in Portland, Maine in the summer of 2013.[1]

In February 2015, Lasso was invited to try out for the Charleston Battery of the USL. According to coach Michael Anhaeuser, the team was initially more interested in another defender, but were ultimately impressed by Lasso; Anhaeuser later said, "As the trials went on though, it became pretty clear that Forrest had that quality and work ethic that you're looking for."[2] The club officially announced they had signed Lasso on February 20. According to a Southern Conference press release, Lasso was only the second Wofford Terriers men's soccer player in recent history to go professional, the first being Thomas Hunter.[3]

On April 1, 2017, Lasso earned a spot on the USL Team of the Week for the first time in his career after scoring the lone goal in a 1–0 win against Charlotte Independence.[4] At the end of the season, Lasso was one of four defenders named to the 2017 All-League First Team. In the article announcing the team, noted that Lasso ranked in the top five for both blocked shots (27) and goals scored by a defender (6).[5]

Lasso signed with FC Cincinnati ahead of the 2018 USL season.[6] He earned 29 appearances and 3 goals through his spell there. He was named USL Defender of the Year 2018, USL Best XI 2018 and played the most minutes for FC Cincinnati in their 2018 USL winning season.

On December 3, 2018, he signed with FC Cincinnati in Major League Soccer ahead of the 2019 season as the fourth signing.[7] He made his Major League Soccer debut on March 24, 2019, when he played a full 90 minutes in an away win against New England Revolution.[8]

On July 25, 2019, Lasso joined Nashville SC on loan for the remainder of the 2019 USL season.[9]

On November 14, 2019, FC Cincinnati announced they would not take up Lasso's contract option at the end of their 2019 season.[10]

Personal life

Since his professional debut, Lasso has always worn a taped wristband marked "F.F.F." during matches. The letters stands for "Faith, Family, Futbol," a personal motto that Lasso says represents what is most important to him. The motto was inspired by a speech that one of his coaches gave on the first day of training, when Lasso was in middle school and playing in the Capital Area Soccer League.[11]


  1. "About". FaithFamilyFutbol. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  2. Miller, Andrew (February 15, 2019). "Former Battery defender Lasso returns to Charleston with FC Cincinnati of MLS". The Post and Courier. Archived from the original on May 31, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  3. "Wofford's Lasso Signs With Charleston Battery". Southern Conference. February 20, 2015. Archived from the original on March 21, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  4. Cardamone, Sarah (April 4, 2017). "Lasso named to USL Team of the Week". Charleston Battery. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  5. Staff (November 9, 2017). "2017 USL All-League Teams Unveiled". United Soccer League. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  6. Staff (November 20, 2017). "FCC Signs 2017 All-League Defender Lasso". United Soccer League. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  7. "FC Cincinnati signs Forrest Lasso". FC Cincinnati. December 3, 2018. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  8. Switzer, D.J. (March 27, 2019). "FC Cincinnati's Forrest Lasso growing into MLS life". Pro Soccer USA. Tribune. Archived from the original on May 31, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  9. "Nashville SC acquires Forrest Lasso on loan from FC Cincinnati".
  10. "FC Cincinnati announce remaining roster decisions on Etienne, Lasso and more |".
  11. Lasso, Forrest (December 19, 2017). "The meaning to it all". FaithFamilyFutbol. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
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