What about the Columbus Crew trading Gyasi Zardes

The Columbus Crew caught the attention of Major League Soccer on Friday afternoon when news broke that the team planned to trade Gyasi Zardes to the Colorado Rapids. Originally reported by ESPN’s Jeff CarlisleMassive Report has confirmed with sources close to the team that a verbal exchange has been agreed, with the crew receiving $300,000 in general allowance, which could increase to $1.4 million if certain incentives are met. The team has since officially announced the trade.

News of the 30-year-old Zardes moving from Columbus certainly didn’t shock Black & Gold fans. Zardes has started just one of the team’s seven games in MLS this season, despite the team’s attacking struggles in recent games. Reports surfaced earlier in the year that Columbus was buying Zardes, which head coach Caleb Porter denied but left the door open for advancement if the right deal was struck.

In the end, the Rapids offered the bargain. While the upfront $300,000 MAG fee doesn’t seem like much for Zardes, a semi-regular U.S. Men’s National Team player who has 93 career MLS goals – regular season and playoffs combined – the fact that this number can, and most likely, increase by so much could make this trade a whole lot better when all is said and done.

It’s also important to point out that this move is just the first part of Black & Gold’s plan. Sources with knowledge of the move have made it clear to Massive Report that trading Zardes, who saw no regular playing time in Columbus, is out of contract at the end of the season and hasn’t looked at himself in a role. coming off the bench, is meant to not only open up a designated player spot on the roster, but also create money and salary cap space to come out and add an impact player.

Although not specifically stated, this player will almost certainly be on the attacking side of the pitch. After scoring seven goals in the first two games, the Crew have only seen the ball in the back of the net three times since. Playmaker Lucas Zelarayan scored four of the team’s 10 goals and winger Derrick Etienne Jr. netted two. Neither has scored in almost a month and a half and the team hasn’t scored in the last three MLS games.

There is an argument that Zardes could have helped solve this problem. After all, he was the team’s leading scorer in three of his four full seasons at Columbus. After the trade before the 2018 season, Zardes scored 19 goals, more than he ever did with the The Galaxythe only other club he played for.

But in each of the past three years, Zardes’ goal tally has declined, including just nine last year. Although it’s not entirely on him, head coach Caleb Porter made the decision to go with youngster Miguel Berry at striker this year. It hasn’t worked out so far as both Berry and Zardes have scored a goal for the Crew this season, but a chance to move Zardes and earn a big return should be a good investment for the club. coming.

Berry is young but, despite his eight-goal season in 2021, he doesn’t look ready to be an MLS starting striker just yet. With a DP spot open and cash to spend, the Black & Gold can now add a proven striker, ideally in their prime, to put the ball in the net while Berry continues to be a player for the future.

Columbus could opt to spend on a winger instead and move forward with Berry up top, hoping the 24-year-old puts it all together, but it seems more likely that a DP spot will be used on an attacker.

Now the Black & Gold must succeed in this next signing. The MLS Primary transfer window closes on May 4, which means teams can still add players until that day. Unless there is already a player in mind who is available and negotiations are moving quickly, the crew are more likely to act during the summer transfer window, which runs from July 7 to July 7. august. 4.

What’s important now that the team’s third-leading all-time scorer is on his way to Colorado is that Columbus finds a player who can consistently put the ball in the back of the net. While the Black & Gold may find goals before a new player can be brought in, if this team is to return to the playoffs and challenge for another MLS Cup, a top scorer is needed and now after the Zardes trade, the team has the resources to find that player.

Garland K. Long