Crew SC hasn't been too loud this offseason in the transfer market, in fact, they’ve remained quite under the radar.
In the past couple weeks, however, things have gotten interesting. Seeing the loss of both backup strikers Jack McInerney (to the Portland Timbers) and Aaron Schoenfeld (to Maccabi Netanya), Crew supporters were certainly waiting for some attacking presence to be infused back in the roster.
Thankfully, that has been confirmed with the signing of Odense BoldKlub’s Emil Larsen.
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Although Larsen, 24, isn’t a striker, he still has an eye for goal, and what Crew SC lost with McInerney and Schoenfeld’s exit was exactly that. Larsen’s natural position is left midfield, but he’s proven versatile and likely could be placed anywhere in the attacking field and produce.
However, if Head Coach and Sporting Director Gregg Berhalter wishes to keep him at his preferred position on the left, he’ll be competing with both Justin Meram and Cedrick Mabwati, both natural left midfielders as well, and both talented players who have a rightful claim to the starting eleven.
If we had to speculate, it could mean either Meram or Mabwati are nearing the exit door, as Meram did say post-MLS Cup final in an interview that he was unsure if he’d be around come 2016’s kickoff. Or this could just be part of the Berhalter vision of having many viable, highly attacking oriented options on the bench when need be.
It will be interesting to see what this means for these three midfield players, but as a Crew supporter, seeing Larsen, a relatively young, technically gifted player willing to take his talents to the MLS, it’s reassuring, and we should be excited to see what he can offer the club.