The Columbus Crew announced today that it has completed a trade with D.C. United, in which it will receive D.C.'s natural second round selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, in exchange for defender Jed Zayner and the Crew's fourth round selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
The 25-year-old Zayner is in his fifth MLS season, all of it with the Crew, after being selected by the club in the second round (No. 13 overall) of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft out of Indiana University. He appeared in 36 games in Black & Gold, starting 21 of them, scoring one goal and adding one assist, after missing his entire rookie campaign with a torn ACL in hisleft knee. He had appeared in eight games this season, three of them starting assignments.
"Jed has been a good pro for us and a visible ambassador in our community," said Crew technical director Brian Bliss. "We thank him for his years of service and wish him well in D.C."
Founded by American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt, the Columbus Crew is Ohio's Major League Soccer club, anchoring a diverse sports and entertainment enterprise. One of the league's Charter Members, it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and has also won the 2002 U.S. Open Cup and MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. It is currently in its 15th season overall and 12th in first-of-its-kind Columbus Crew Stadium.