COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that the club has acquired goalkeeper Jon Kempin from LA Galaxy in exchange for a Fourth Round pick in the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Kempin, 24, is an eight-year Major League Soccer veteran who previously played for LA Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City.
Kempin spent the 2017 season with the LA Galaxy, where he made seven regular-season appearances (all starts), registering two shutouts and 27 saves. The goalkeeper also made six regular-season appearances (all starts) with the LA Galaxy II, the Galaxy’s United Soccer League side, recording two clean sheets and 32 saves. Prior to joining the Galaxy in 2017, Kempin spent seven seasons with Sporting Kansas City, where he signed as the club’s first Homegrown Player on August of 2010 at the age of 17. In 2016, Kempin made 12 appearances (all starts) for Swope Park Rangers, Sporting KC’s USL team, registering three shutouts and 33 saves.
“Jon is a promising young goalkeeper with proven experience in the League and U.S. Youth National Teams,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “He has a good reputation for his work ethic, competitiveness and contributions in the locker room. We are happy to welcome Jon to Columbus and continue his development.”
At the international level, Kempin has represented the United States at the Under-14, U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. In 2015, the goalkeeper was named to the United States Men’s National Team roster for the first time in his career to take part in manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s January Camp. Most recently, Kempin featured for the U.S. U-23 side in a friendly against Brazil on November 11, 2015.
The MLS offseason continues with the MLS Re-Entry Draft Stage One occurring on Friday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Stage Two of the Re-Entry Draft takes place on Thursday, December 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Columbus Crew SC acquires goalkeeper Jon Kempin on December 13, 2017, from LA Galaxy in exchange for a Fourth Round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
Name: Jon Kempin
Born: April 8, 1993 in Overland Park, Kansas
Hometown: Leawood, Kansas
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Acquired on December 13, 2017, from LA Galaxy in exchange for a Fourth Round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
Previous Experience: LA Galaxy (2017), Sporting Kansas City (2010-2016)