The Columbus Crew won the rights to U.S. U-20 national team forward-midfielder Robbie Rogers
Thursday afternoon in a weighted lottery. The 19-year-old Rogers
has been signed to a developmental contract and will not occupy one of the Crew's 18 senior roster spots.
Rogers recently secured his release from Heerenveen of the Dutch Eredivisie,
with which he had signed in August 2006 following one season at the University of Maryland.
Rogers' signing gives the Crew three potential U-20 starters, who could miss part of the season
for the Under-20 World Cup in Canada. Danny Szetela
, Tim Ward
and Rogers started for the USA in qualifying.
Rogers also joins two Maryland teammates on the Crew. He scored seven goals and added five assists on the Terrapins' 2005 national championship squad, which also featured Jason Garey
and Marc Burch
Rogers is the second American striker to move to MLS this week after getting out
of his contract with a European team. Conor Casey
, 25, signed with Toronto FC from German club Mainz.