Former Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer was selected by the LA Galaxy with the second pick of the second round in Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft on Friday afternoon. LA can now negotiate a new contract with Hesmer.
Hesmer departs Columbus after six seasons in Black & Gold, becoming the most prolific goalkeeper in club history along the way. As the team's backstop, Hesmer was instrumental in the Crew's two Supporters’ Shields, an Eastern Conference Championship and the 2008 MLS Cup. Hesmer moves on from the Black & Gold holding several of the club's goalkeeping records, including games played and started (130), wins (59), shots faced (623), saves (412) and shutouts (41). Hesmer missed all of the 2012 season after undergoing hip surgery in April.
“We want to thank William Hesmer for his six outstanding years of service in Columbus,” said Crew President and General Manager Mark McCullers. “William has been a consummate professional during his time with the Crew and he helped this club achieve its highest honors during his tenure.”
The veteran goalkeeper, who turned 31 on November 23, returned to training with the Crew in mid-October. If he signs with the Galaxy, Hesmer should battle Josh Saunders for the starting goalkeeper spot if he remains healthy.
Hesmer is expected to get married in Columbus at the end of December.