The Galaxy continued its goalkeeper clear-out Wednesday by trading Jon Kempin to Columbus in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 SuperDraft.
Kempin, 24, has been in MLS eight
years with the Galaxy and Sporting Kansas City, which made him its first Homegrown Player signing in 2010 when he was 17. He played seven games for the first team and another 12 for its USL squad,
Swope Park Rangers, prior to a trade last January.
He posted two shutouts and conceded 13 goals in seven games for the Galaxy, which had declined his option for the 2018 season. It also
declined options on keepers Clement Diop
, who has been claimed by Montreal in the Waiver Draft, and Brian Rowe
, a starter in 2016 but dropped to the bench for much of 2017. No
goalkeeper is listed on the current Galaxy first-team roster.
Starting Crew SC keeper Zack Steffen
played every minute of the 2017 regular season and playoffs, and is two years
younger than Kempin. Like Steffen, Kempin represented the U.S. at youth levels but hasn’t played for the senior team.
“Jon is a promising young goalkeeper with proven
experience in the League and U.S. youth national teams,” said Crew SC head coach Gregg Berhalter
. “He has a good reputation for his work ethic, competitiveness and contributions in
the locker room. We are happy to welcome Jon to Columbus and continue his development.”