COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew today announced that it has signed midfielder Daniel Paladini. The 29-year-old midfielder has formally been added to the Black & Gold’s roster following last week’s deal with Chicago. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, further terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Last week, on December 12, the Crew traded the club’s 2014 Fourth Round SuperDraft pick to the Chicago Fire in exchange for the rights to Paladini.
“Daniel is a very technical player who has good vision and passes the ball well. He’s also good at quickly turning with the ball and these qualities will help complement our attack,” said Crew Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “He’s a strong two-way midfielder in our League and we look forward to working with him soon.”
Prior to joining the Crew, Paladini posted 58 regular-season appearances – including 30 starts – and recorded four goals and six assists in three seasons with the Chicago Fire. In his final season with the Fire, he made 20 appearances and set a new career high in assists (three) and his pair of goals matched his previous high, set in 2012.
TRANSACTION: Crew signs midfielder Daniel Paladini.
Name: Daniel Paladini
Born: November 11, 1984 in Van Nuys, Calif.
Hometown: Northridge, Calif.
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed by the Crew on December 20, 2013. Rights were traded to the Crew from the Chicago Fire on December 12, 2013 in exchange for Crew’s 2014 Fourth Round SuperDraft selection
Professional Experience: Chicago Fire (2011-2013), Carolina RailHawks (2009-2010), Chivas USA (2008), San Fernando Valley Quakes(2007), LA Galaxy (2006)