COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has signed 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft selection defender Connor Maloney ahead of the 2017 MLS regular season. Maloney (49th overall) has spent the 2017 preseason in training camp with the Black & Gold. Also on Monday, Crew SC announced the signing of fellow 2017 MLS SuperDraft selection Logan Ketterer.
“We’d like to congratulate Logan and Connor on signing with Crew SC after working hard this preseason and integrating with the club,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “We look forward to seeing their development during their first year in MLS.“
Maloney, 21, made 73 appearances (all starts) over the course of four seasons at the Pennsylvania State University, scoring 26 goals and recording 17 assists during that span. He led the Nittany Lions in goals and assists (7 goals, 5 assists) his senior year, en route to winning NSCAA Second Team All-Great Lakes Region honors (2016). The three-time First Team All-Big Ten Conference player (2016, 2015, 2014) also won the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year award during his sophomore year (2014). During his freshman year, Maloney was named to Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team. He recently started for Crew SC in the club’s first match of the 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup against Atlanta United FC on Saturday, February 18, playing the entire 90 minutes.
Crew SC will next face Carolina Challenge Cup tournament-host Charleston Battery on Wednesday (5 p.m. ET) before closing the Carolina Challenge Cup against the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders on Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET). Both matches will stream live on ColumbusCrewSC.com.
The 2017 Major League Soccer regular season opens on March 4 against the Chicago Fire at MAPFRE Stadium, presented by MAPFRE Insurance. The full Crew SC preseason and regular schedule can be downloaded and synced on iOS and Android devices.
Columbus Crew SC signs defender Connor Maloney on February 20, 2017.
Name: Connor Maloney
Born: May 18, 1995 in Harrisburg, PA
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Selected in the Third Round (49th overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2017; signed on February 20, 2017.
Previous Experience: Pennsylvania State University (2013-2016)