HAMILTON JOINS CREW SC FOLLOWING TRADE WITH TORONTO FC
Columbus Crew SC announced on July 11 that the club had acquired forward Jordan Hamilton, an international roster spot for the 2019 MLS season, $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and the Right of First Refusal for an unnamed player in exchange for forward Patrick Mullins. Hamilton, 23, is a six-year MLS veteran who has won an MLS Cup (2017), a Supporters’ Shield (2017) and three Canadian Championships (2016, 2017, 2018). At the international level, he has earned two caps with the Canada National Team.
CREW SC ACQUIRES ALLOCATION MONEY IN TRADE WITH ORLANDO CITY SC
Columbus Crew SC announced on July 11 that it had acquired potentially up to $150,000 in Allocation Money via a trade with Orlando City SC which sees midfielder Robinho join the Lions. Crew SC received $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) for the 2019 season, and should certain performance conditions be met the Black & Gold will also receive up to $50,000 in TAM in 2019 and up to $50,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2020. Additionally, in the event Orlando City SC permanently transfers Robinho to a professional soccer club outside of MLS, Crew SC shall retain a percentage of a future transfer fee.
THE CREW SIGNS CURACAOAN GOALKEEPER ELOY ROOM
Columbus Crew SC announced on July 5 that the Club had signed goalkeeper Eloy Room (pronounced AY-loy). The goalkeeper most recently played for PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands’ Eredivisie and made 160 appearances (159 starts) in the Dutch First Division. Notably, Room helped PSV win the 2017-2018 Eredivisie as well as qualify to the UEFA Champions League. He was also a pivotal part of the Vitesse side that won the KNVB Cup during the 2016-2017 season, playing every match of the tournament to help the club win the title for the first time in its 125-year history. At the international level, Room has earned 30 caps for the Curacao National Team and has won the 2017 Caribbean Cup. Room will occupy an international roster slot on Crew SC’s roster.
KEITA NAMED TO 2019 MLS HOMEGROWN GAME ROSTER
In conjunction with Major League Soccer, Columbus Crew SC announced last Wednesday that defender Aboubacar Keita has been selected for the 2019 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Ener- gizer®, as part of the festivities leading up to the 2019 MLS All-Star Game. The squad of Homegrown Players is set to take on Chivas de Guadalajara’s Under-20 Team at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday, July 30 (5:00 p.m. ET / TUDN, Twitter.com). Keita is the fourth player in Club history to be named to an MLS Homegrown Game roster.
FRANCIS ON THE VERGE OF MILESTONE WITH THE CREW
Waylon Francis is nearing a personal milestone with Crew SC. With his next appearance for the Black & Gold, Francis will have reached 100 regular-season appearances for the Club. The Costa Rican defender originally joined the Club ahead of the 2014 MLS season. To date, Francis has made 90 starts for Crew SC during his two stints with the Club, registering 18 assists. Notably, Francis was named to the 2015 MLS All-Star Roster.
ARTUR NEARING 75TH REGULAR-SEASON APPEARANCE WITH CREW SC
Midfielder Artur is on the verge of making his 75th regular-season appearance for Crew SC. The Brazilian midfielder joined the Club on loan from Brazilian First Division side Sao Paulo ahead of the 2017 MLS season. Artur then joined the Crew on a full transfer on. To date, Artur has made 67 starts while providing five assists for Crew SC.