A free agent after a season in which he scored eight goals in 18 matches with LAFC and took home the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award, the 35-year-old forward most likely had a myriad of offers sent his way after a prolific campaign in Los Angeles. But it wasn’t really difficult for him to decide which one he was willing to take.
Sebastian Berhalter was also signed prior to last year and Aboubacar Keita played 11 games in his second season after signing a Homegrown contract with the Black & Gold in 2019. Columbus already added another Homegrown player, Isaiah Parente, this offseason after his three seasons at Wake Forest. Obviously the rise of MLS academies and signing players like Isaiah Parente, Aboubacar and Sebastian and Aidan Morris,” Bezbatchenko said of the change in the SuperDraft’s importance.
There’s no date set for the start of the 2021 Major League Soccer season, but the Crew will begin international competition in CONCACAF Champions League in April, with the championship scheduled for October. The Crew qualified for its first CONCACAF Champions League tournament since 2010-11 with its MLS Cup championship in 2020. CONCACAF announced the schedule for its 2021 Champions League tournament, beginning with the draw for the 16-team tournament on Feb. 10.