MLS Moves: Crew's ironmen not contracted for 2017

Two starters from Columbus Crew's SC 2015 MLS Cup runner-up team aren't currently on the 2017 roster: goalkeeper Steve Clark (option declined) and defender Michael Parkhurst (out of contract). Clark and Parkhurst both started 100 of 102 regular-season games over the last three seasons.

“With both of those players, the situation is still up in the air," Crew sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter told the Columbus Dispatch. "I think there are going to be options for them around the league and, again, with them nothing’s closed. We’re also not close to a deal with either of those players.”

The Crew completed decisions on players under contract from its 2016 roster, exercising the options on five additional players: defender Nicolai Naess and midfielders Dilly Duka, Marshall Hollingsworth, Cristian Martinez and Mohammed Saeid. All but Saeid were signed in 2016. Columbus earlier announced it had picked up options on Designated Player Federico Higuain and fellow midfielders Wil Trapp and Justin Meram.
 
It also did not exercise the contract options of goalkeeper Matt Pacifici, defender Corey Ashe and midfielder Cedrick Mabwati. Defender Chad Barson is also out of contract.
 
“Our goal is to return to being one of the conference leaders,” said Berhalter in a club statement. “Today’s moves are another step in that direction as we continue to shape the roster for 2017."

2017 Columbus Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Zack Steffen, Brad Stuver.
DEFENDERS (4): Harrison Afful, Waylon Francis, Nicolai Naess, Gaston Sauro.
MIDFIELDERS (12): Dilly Duka, Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Marshall Hollingsworth, Hector Jimenez, Cristian Martinez, Justin Meram, Mohammed Saeid, Rodrigo Saravia, Ben Swanson, Tony Tchani, Wil Trapp.
FORWARDS (2): Adam Jahn, Ola Kamara.

1 comment about "MLS Moves: Crew's ironmen not contracted for 2017".
  1. :: SilverRey ::, November 26, 2016 at 11:51 p.m.

    I'd like to keep Clark, but I don't know what the numbers for him would have ended up at (we were already paying decent money for a keeper on him). I'm fine with letting Parkhurst go.

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