He’s finally settled in.
After moving teams several times this year, Hinsdale, Illinois native Andrew Gutman has become a staple on FC Cincinnati’s defense following a long successful career as an Indiana Hoosier.
Gutman, despite being a left back, was always more offensive minded at Indiana University, but he has had to take on a more defensive role in the Queen City. Gutman said this change is by design.
“I think it’s just a different role,” Gutman said. “At Indiana I had a free role in terms of what I could do, but here I have to play more as a team player. I just do whatever the manager tells me to do and try to get my job done as best I can.”
Before even becoming a professional in Cincinnati or donning the Cream and Crimson, it all began for Gutman with the Chicago Fire Academy his sophomore year of High School.
Eventually, when it was time to select a University, Gutman chose to become a Hoosier. Despite not being a highly ranked recruit, he started all four years for the Hoosiers as a defender and was named to the All-Big Ten team each season. However, the blossoming to the next level occurred his senior year.
He led the Hoosiers in goals in his final season with 11 and was second in assists with nine. He also won the 2018 MAC Herman Trophy as the college soccer player of the year. In doing so he became the first IU player since current assistant Danny O’Rourke in 2004 to win college soccer’s most prestigious award. It was the seventh time a Hoosier won this award, which is the most among all NCAA soccer programs.
Gutman finished his IU career with 20 goals and led the Hoosiers to two College Cups. After graduation he turned down a homegrown contract with the Fire despite playing for their academy during his youth days. This led him to Europe, where he signed with Celtic F.C. of the Scottish Premiership in January of 2019.
He was then loaned to Charlotte Independence of the United Soccer League, which is the second highest league in the United States. He ended up scoring three goals for the Independence in 14 appearances before heading back to Europe in Late June.
Finally, on August 3 Gutman’s journey ended up with his Major League Soccer contract at FC Cincinnati, on loan from Celtic, where he has started all three matches with an assist and two shots.
After a 2-2 tie in Columbus to the Crew on August 10, Gutman and FC Cincinnati have had a pair of rough outings losing 4-1 and 3-1 at home to New York FC and again to the Crew respectively. Gutman said the team was not mentally with it following the second loss to the Crew.
“We were kind of out of whack,” he said. “I think the atmosphere and hype kind of overwhelmed us a little bit.”
Despite playing a defensive role most of the matches, Gutman said he is more than happy to come into the offense at select moments just as he did a majority of the time at IU. This was especially true when his team needed him to do so trying to rally in the two recent losses.
“I think when I get forward, I try to create some attacks,” Gutman said. “I try to help score goals because I have good stamina and I can get up and down.”