A vital member of the Columbus squad that reached the Eastern Conference finals last month will be back for 2018.
Crew SC announced Wednesday it has acquired rights to Brazilian
who arrived on loan from Sao Paulo FC in February and registered three assists in 24 games (19 starts) during the regular season, then scored his first MLS goal against New
York City FC in the conference semifinals.
“Artur was one of the most promising young players in MLS last season and completing his transfer from Sao Paulo FC was one of our
priorities this offseason,” said sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter
in a press release announcing the deal. “We are happy that he has committed his future to the club
and we look forward to beginning our work together on a successful 2018 campaign.”
Artur, 21, averaged a team-high 8.01 recoveries and his 3.86 tackles per 90 minutes was sixth-best
in MLS. Last week he sent out a tweet
with a photo of himself from the airport thanking the fans and club for treating him well, and a Brazilian outlet
reported Sao Paulo had declined a deal by which Columbus would acquire “one-half” of his rights. Terms of the transfer were not divulged.
Instead, he is one of 19
players listed on Crew SC’s current roster.
“It was really good to see how quickly he adapted to America,” said Berhalter in a video posted to the team’s Web site.
“He really enjoyed it here, he fit in with his teammates, and that helps you perform on the field. And then on the field, we saw progress. He kept getting better and better throughout the year
and towards the end of the season he was a very strong player.” 2018 Columbus Crew SC roster: Goalkeepers
Zack Steffen Defenders (7):
*Lalas Abubakar, *Harrison Afful, Alex Crognale, *Connor Maloney, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala, *Josh Williams Midfielders (9):
*Artur, *Mohammed Abu, *Niko Hansen, Federico Higuain, Hector Jimenez, *Cristian Martinez, Justin Meram, Pedro Santos, Wil Trapp Forwards (2):
Adam Jahn, *Ola Kamara