Columbus Crew signs Argentine vet Grana

The Columbus Crew has bolstered its backline by signing 29-year-old Argentine Hernan Grana, whose seven-club career includes playing on loan last season with Boca Juniors.

Grana, a Discovery Signing, started his career with third division Platense in 2006. He reached the top tier in 2008 with Lanus and has also had stints with Quilmes and Belgrano. He was mostly recently playing with Boca Juniors on loan from All Boys.

"We're excited to have Hernan join the team," said Coach Gregg Berhalter said in a statement. “He's a very experienced defender who is used to playing in high-pressure situations. We feel that his style of play and experience are not only going to be an asset on the field but are going to help our younger players as they continue to develop."

Grana joins fellow Argentine Federico Higuain in Columbus.


Chicago Fire
IN:
M Collin Fernandez (Chicago Fire Academy)
F Kennedy Igboananike (AIK, Sweden)
D/M Joevin Jones (W Connection, Trin. & Tobago)
M Michael Stephens (Stabaek, Norway)
D Eric Gehrig (Orlando City)
F David Accam (Helsingborg, Sweden)
D Patrick Doody (Indiana Univ.)
D Adailton (Bahia, Brazil)
F Guly (Southampton, England)

OUT:
M Logan Pause (retired)
M Alex (option declined)
F Robert Earnshaw (option declined)
F Matt Fondy (waived)
D Marco Franco (waived)
D Patrick Ianni (retired)
M Benji Joya (Santos, Mexico -- loan return)
D Hunter Jumper (option declined)
D Steven Kinney (option declined)
D Gonzalo Segares (option declined)
F Florent Sinama-Pongolle (waived)
M Grant Ward (Tottenham, England -- loan return)
D Bakary Soumare (Montreal)
M Sanna Nyassi (San Jose)
F Juan Luis Anangono (Leones Negros, Mexico)
GK Kyle Reynish (NY Red Bulls)

Colorado Rapids
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D Michael Harrington (Portland)
F Dimitry Imbongo (New England)
F Geoffrey Castillion (New England)
D Bobby Burling (Chivas USA)
GK Zac MacMath (on loan from Philadelphia)
M Marcelo Sarvas (LA Galaxy)
M Sam Cronin (San Jose)

OUT:
M Brian Mullan (retired)
M Carlos Alvarez (option declined)
M Davy Armstrong (option declined)
F Edson Buddle (option declined)
M Kamani Hill (option declined)
M Nick LaBrocca (option declined)
D Thomas Piermayr (waived)
D Grant Van De Casteele (option declined)
GK Joe Nasco (New England)
F Dimitry Imbongo (option declined)
F Geoffrey Castillion (waived)
M Tony Cascio (Orlando City)
F Danny Mwanga (Orlando City)
D Marvell Wynne (San Jose)
D Gale Agbossoumonde (waived/Tampa Bay Rowdies)
D Chris Klute (Columbus)
M Jose Maria (Levante, Spain)

Columbus Crew
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F Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough, England)
M Ben Swanson (Crew Soccer Academy)
M Mohammed Saeid (Orebro, Sweden)
M Kristinn Steindorsson (Halmstad, Sweden)
D Chris Klute (Colorado)
D Hernan Grana (All Boys, Argentina)

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M Fifi Baiden (waived)
D Ross Friedman (waived)
M Daniel Paladini (option declined)
M Agustin Viana (waived)
M Matt Walker (waived)
D Matt Wiet (waived)
D Josh Williams (New York City FC)
M Bernardo Anor (Sporting KC)
F Jairo Arrieta (Orlando City)
D Eric Gehrig (Orlando City)

FC Dallas
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G Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA)
M Atiba Harris (San Jose)
M Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC)

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D Walter Cabrera (waived)
M Andres Escobar (Dynamo Kyiv, Ukraine -- loan return)
GK Raul Fernandez (waived)
M Peter Luccin (waived)
M Adam Moffat (option declined/New York Cosmos)
M Hendry Thomas (option declined)
F Jonathan Top (waived)
D Nick Walker (waived)
D George John (New York City FC)

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M Andrew Driver (Houston)
D/M Markus Halsti (Malmo FF/Sweden)
F Jairo Arrieta (D.C. United)

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D Samuel Inkoom (Houston)
D Nana Attakora (option declined)
M Alex Caskey (option declined)
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M Kyle Porter (waived)
D Conor Shanosky (option declined)
M Lewis Neal (Orlando City)
M Thomas McNamara (New York City FC)

Houston Dynamo
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GK Joe Willis (D.C. United)
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F Chandler Hoffman (LA Galaxy)
M Nathan Sturgis (Chivas USA)
F Erick Torres (Chivas USA -- on loan to Chivas de Guadalajara)
M Leonel Miranda (on loan from Independiente, Argentina)
D Raul Rodriguez (Espanyol, Spain)

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D Eric Brunner (retired)
D Anthony Arena (waived)
F Omar Cummings (option declined)
F Brian Ownby (option declined)
F Bryan Salazar (waived)
M Servando Carrasco (out of contract)
M Andrew Driver (D.C. United)
GK Tally Hall (Orlando City)
F Mark Sherrod (Orlando City)

LA Galaxy
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Montreal Impact 
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D Donny Toia (Chivas USA)
M Marco Donadel (Hellas Verona, Italy)
M Nigel Reo-Coker (Chivas USA)
GK Eric Kronberg (Sporting KC)
D Bakary Soumare (Chicago)
D Victor Cabrera (on loan from River Plate, Argentina)
M Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege, Belgium)

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F Marco Di Vaio (retired)
D Matteo Ferrari (option declined)
D Mamadou 'Futty' Danso (out of contract)
M James Bissue (waived)
M Zakaria Messoudi (waived)
M Gorka Larrea (waived)
M Gege Soriola (waived)
D Heath Pearce (Orlando City)
GK Troy Perkins (Seattle)
M Issey Nakajima-Farran (waived)

New England Revolution
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GK Joe Nasco (Colorado)
M Jeremy Hall (Toronto FC)
F Tristan Bowen (Seattle)
F Sean Okoli (Seattle)

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F Dimitry Imbongo (Colorado)
F Geoffrey Castillion (Colorado)
GK Joe Nasco (option declined)
GK Larry Jackson (waived)
GK Luis Soffner (waived)
D Jossimar Sanchez (waived)
M Shalrie Joseph (option declined)
M Alec Sundly (waived)
F Andre Akpan (option declined)
D Stephen McCarthy (out of contract)
F Patrick Mullins (New York City FC)
F Tony Taylor (New York City FC)

New York City FC
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F David Villa (Atletico Madrid, Spain -- on loan to Melbourne City, England)
D Jeb Brovsky (Montreal)
GK Josh Saunders (Real Salt Lake)
M Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas)
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M Matt Dunn (Chivas USA)
D Josh Williams (Columbus)
F Omar Salgado (Vancouver)
M Ned Grabavoy (Real Salt Lake)
F Patrick Mullins (New England)
D Jason Hernandez (San Jose)
M Daniel Lovitz (Toronto FC)
F Tony Taylor (New England)
M Mehdi Ballouchy (Vancouver)
D George John (FC Dallas)
M Thomas McNamara (D.C. United)
M Sal Zizzo (Sporting KC)
D Chris Wingert (Real Salt Lake)
GK Ryan Meara (on loan from New York Red Bulls)
GK Akira Fitzgerald (Carolina RailHawks)
M Sebastian Velasquez (Real Salt Lake)
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M Frank Lampard (Man. City, England -- July arrival)
M Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg, Norway)

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M Daniel Lovitz (Toronto FC)
M Sal Zizzo (New York Red Bulls)
F Omar Salgado (Tigres, Mexico)

New York Red Bulls
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M Sean Davis (Duke Univ.)
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M Bobby Convey (option declined)
M Marius Obekop (option declined)
D Damien Perrinelle (option declined)
D Ibrahim Sekagya (option declined)
D Richard Eckersley (option declined)
D Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)
GK Ryan Meara (on loan to New York City FC)

Orlando City
IN:  
M Kevin Molino (Orlando City USL PRO)
M Darwin Ceren (Orlando City USL PRO)
D Tyler Turner (Orlando City USL PRO)
D Tommy Redding (Orlando City USL PRO)
M Kaka (AC Milan, Italy)
M Estrela (Orlando City USL PRO)
D Rafael Ramos (Orlando City USL PRO)
D Luke Boden (Orlando City USL PRO)
M Harrison Heath (Orlando City USL PRO)
M Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia)
D Aurelien Collin (Sporting KC)
GK Tally Hall (Houston)
GK Donovan Ricketts (Portland)
M Tony Cascio (Colorado)
D Jalil Anibaba (Seattle)
F Pedro Ribeiro (Philadelphia)
M Lewis Neal (D.C. United)
F Jairo Arrieta (Columbus)
D Heath Pearce (Montreal)
F Danny Mwanga (Colorado)
F Mark Sherrod (Houston)
D Eric Gehrig (Columbus)
F Bryan Rochez (Real Espana, Honduras)
GK Josh Ford (Seattle)
M Brek Shea (Stoke City, England)
D Gustavo (Vila Nova, Brazil)

OUT:
D Eric Gehrig (Chicago)
F Mark Sherrod (San Jose)
D Jalil Anibaba (Sporting KC)
F Jairo Arrieta (D.C. United)

Philadelphia Union  
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M Maurice Edu (permanent transfer from Stoke City, England)

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M Corben Bone (option declined)
F Brian Brown (waived)
F Conor Casey (option declined)
M Fred (option declined)
F Cristhian Hernandez (waived)
M Amobi Okugo (Orlando City)
F Pedro Ribeiro (Orlando City)
GK Zac MacMath (on loan to Colorado)
M Leo Fernandes (on loan to New York Cosmos)

Portland Timbers
IN:
GK Adam Larsen Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway)
M Dairon Asprilla (Alianza Petrolera, Colombia)
D Nat Borchers (Real Salt Lake)
D Jeanderson (Cruzeiro, Brazil)
D Alvas Powell (permanent transfer from Portmore United, Jamaica)

OUT:
M Steve Zakuani (retired)
D Michael Harrington (Colorado)
M Kalif Alhassan (option declined)
M Steven Evans (option declined-signed by T2)
D Bryan Gallego (waived)
D Pa Modou Kah (waived/Vancouver)
D Rauwshan McKenzie (out of contract)
D Danny O'Rourke (out of contract)
F Jose Valencia (Olimpo Bahia Blanca, Argentina)
GK Donovan Ricketts (Orlando City)
D Liam Ridgewell (on short-term loan to Wigan Athletic, England)

Real Salt Lake
IN:
M Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake AZ)
D Jamison Olave (New York Red Bulls)
M Pecka (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers)
D Phanuel Kavita (Clemson Univ.)

OUT:
D Rich Balchan (option declined)
F Benji Lopez (waived)
D Aaron Maund (option declined)
D Nat Borchers (Portland)
M Ned Grabavoy (New York City FC)
D Chris Wingert (New York City FC)
F Robbie Findley (Toronto FC)
M Sebastian Velasquez (New York City FC)
D Carlos Salcedo (Chivas de Guadalajara, Mexico)

San Jose Earthquakes
IN:
F Kris Tyrpak (Chivas USA)
M Leandro Barrera (Chivas USA)
GK Andy Gruenebaum (Sporting KC)
D Marvell Wynne (Colorado)
M Sanna Nyassi (Chicago)

OUT:
D Andreas Gorlitz (waived)
M Billy Knutsen (waived)
M Tommy Muller (waived)
F Billy Schuler (waived)
GK Jon Busch (out of contract)
D Jason Hernandez (New York City FC)
M Atiba Harris (FC Dallas)
M Sam Cronin (Colorado)

Seattle Sounders   
IN:
D Jimmy Ockford (loan return from New York Cosmos)
F Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders Academy)
D Tyrone Mears (Bolton Wanderers, England)
F Darwin Jones (Univ. of Washington)
GK Troy Perkins (Montreal)

OUT:
GK Marcus Hahnemann (retired)
D Onyekachi Apam (option declined)
D Djimi Traore (option declined)
F Cam Weaver (option declined)
D/F Eriq Zavaleta (option declined)
D Jalil Anibaba (Orlando City)
F Tristan Bowen (New England)
GK Josh Ford (Orlando City)
D DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham, England)
F Sean Okoli (New England)

Sporting Kansas City
IN:
M Bernardo Anor (Columbus)
D Jalil Anibaba (Orlando City)
M James Marcelin (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers)
F Krisztian Nemeth (Roda JC, Netherlands)
GK Luis Marin (O'Higgins, Chile)
GK Tim Melia (Chivas USA)
M Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic, England)

OUT:
M Antonio Dovale (waived)
M Michael Kafari (waived)
M Victor Munoz (waived)
M Martin Steuble (waived)
M Christian Duke (waived)
M Lawrence Olum (Kedah FC, Malaysia)
F Soony Saad (BEC Tero Sasana, Thailand)
D Josh Gardner (option declined)
D Aurelien Collin (Orlando City)
F C.J. Sapong (Philadelphia)
M Sal Zizzo (New York City FC)
GK Eric Kronberg (Montreal)
GK Andy Gruenebaum (San Jose)
 F Claudio Bieler (contract terminated)

Toronto FC
IN:
M Marco Delgado (Chivas USA)
M Daniel Lovitz (New York City FC)
F Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)
M Jay Chapman (Michigan State)
F Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)
F Sebastian Giovinco (Juventus, Italy)

OUT:
F Dwayne De Rosario (option declined)
D Doneil Henry (Apollon Limassol, Cyprus -- loan return)
D Bradley Orr (Blackburn Rovers, England -- loan return)
D Ryan Richter (option declined)
F Andrew Wiedeman (option declined)
M Daniel Lovitz (New York City FC)
M Jeremy Hall (New England)
F Jermaine Defoe (Sunderland)
M Kyle Bekker (Toronto FC)

Vancouver Whitecaps   
IN:
M Marco Bustos (Whitecaps Academy)
F Octavio Rivero (O'Higgins, Chile)
D Diego Rodriguez (on loan from Juventud, Uruguay)
D  Pa Modou Kah (Portland)

OUT:
D Jay DeMerit (retired)
D Carlyle Mitchell (out of contract)
M Bryce Alderson (option declined)
F Omar Salgado (New York City FC)
F Mamadou Diouf (waived)
M Sebastian Fernandez (Boston River, Uruguay -- loan return)
D Johnny Leveron (option declined)
M Mehdi Ballouchy (New York City FC)
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