Columbus Crew announces end-of-2022 roster decisions

Columbus– The Columbus Crew today announced roster decisions following the 2022 Major League Soccer season. The club exercised contract options for 8 players and 15 players were already under contract until 2023.

The updated roster currently stands at 23 players for the Black and Gold, listed alphabetically by position below:

Goalkeepers (4): Evan Bush, Eloy Room, Patrick Schulte, Brady Scott

Defenders (7): Milos Degenek, Mo Farsi, Jonathan Mensah, Steven Moreira, Jake Morris, Will Sands, Josh Williams

Midfielders (10): Artur, Luis Diaz, Kevin Molino, Alex Matan, Aidan Morris, Darlington Nagbe, Isaiah Parente, Yaw Yeboah, Sean Zawadzki, Lucas Zelarayan

Forward (2): Cucho Hernandez, Jason Russell-Rowe

“We have a talented group of players on this roster who can contribute to a successful 2023 season,” said Columbus Crew President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. We believe that we have a strong core and a good mix of players to work with for the incoming coaching staff who have shown this season that they can make a difference on the field.

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The Crew exercised options on goaltenders Evan Bush and Brady Scott. defenders Jonathan Mensah and Stephen Moreira; and midfielders Artur, Luis Diaz, Darlington Nagbe and Isaiah Parente.

goalkeepers Eloy Room and Patrick Schulte; defensemen Milos Degenek, Mo Farsi, Jake Morris, Will Sands and Josh Williams; midfielders Kevin Molino, Alex Matan, Aidan Morris, Yaw Yeboah, Sean Zawadzki and Lucas Zelarayan; And forwards Cucho Hernandez and Jacen Russell-Rowe were already under contract through the 2023 season.

Matan has been on loan to Romanian side Rapid Bucuresti since August. Rapid hold an option to permanently transfer Matan at the end of the loan period, which expires on December 31.

The staff declined the contract options of defenders Jalil Anibaba and Pedro Santos, midfielder James Igbekame and forward Eric Hurtado. Defender Marlon Hairston and midfielder Derrick Etienne Jr. are out of the agreement. The club is currently in further talks with selected players about a return in 2023. The deadline to exercise options is November 14th at noon ET.

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Anibaba, Etienne Jr., Hairston, Hurtado and Santos are eligible for MLS Free Agency. Igbekeme’s loan deal expires on December 31, 2022.

Midfielder Perry Kitchen is retiring after a career that began with being selected in the first round (third overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Kitchen appeared in more than 200 MLS matches for DC United, LA Galaxy and the Crew, and he also spent time in Europe, plying his trade with Heart of Midlothian (Scotland) and Randers FC (Denmark). Born in Indianapolis, Kitchen captained the United States at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria and earned five caps for the senior national team.

The MLS trade window opens at noon ET on Monday, Nov. 7 and closes at noon ET on Wednesday, Nov. 9, when a blackout period begins. During the lockout period, clubs may not sign or trade players until after the expansion draft, scheduled for Friday, November 11. MLS will release the list of players available for selection in Thursday’s expansion draft. November 10.

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Free agency is set to open on Wednesday, November 16th at 1pm ET. Eligible players must be at least 24 years old in the year following the end of the previous league season and have at least five years of MLS service. Thursday, November 17th will be the start of the MLS re-entry process, with Phase 1 taking place at 1 pm ET, with year-end waivers taking place at 5 pm ET. The MLS re-entry process will begin on Tuesday, November 22 at 1 p.m. 1 to 2 ends in phase.

The full calendar of MLS offseason roster building events can be found here.

Supporters interested in obtaining a season ticket membership for the 2023 MLS season can call 614-447-2739, visit or email [email protected] to connect with a season ticket membership representative.


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