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
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
and Mohammed Saeid
. All but Saeid were signed in 2016. Columbus earlier announced it had picked up options on Designated Player Federico Higuain
midfielders Wil Trapp
and Justin Meram
It also did not exercise the contract options of goalkeeper Matt Pacifici
, defender Corey Ashe
. 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.