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As first reported on Soccer by Ives this morning, The Columbus Crew has sold defender Marcos Gonzalez to Chilean club Universidad Catolica for an undisclosed fee. The Crew officially announced the sale on Thursday evening.
"Marcos Gonzalez has been a solid contributor to our team over the past two years," Crew general manager Mark McCullers said in a team-issued release. "Catolica was very anxious to add Marcos to their roster for the upcoming run in the Copa Libertadores and made an offer that we could not pass up and likely would not have seen again.
"While we have lost a very capable defender, we have added significant resources to our club that will be reinvested in our continuing effort to improve this team."
So how much did the Crew get? That is a good question, but you can bet that most of it will go toward paying the designated player the Crew has lined up. Expect news on that chase soon.
As for losing Gonzalez, it is a tough break but Columbus has some good options in the back, with Chad Marshall, Danny O’Rourke and rookie Andy Iro, as well as veteran Ezra Hendrickson. You can argue that Gonzalez was better than all of them, but the Crew can offset his loss if it spends wisely on a productive designated player.
I remember seeing Gonzalez in spring training of 2006 and thinking that Columbus had found itself a cornerstone defender. He really came of age in 2007, which set the stage for this transfer. Columbus must have known this deal was happening when it selected central defender Andy Iro in the MLS Draft rather than striker Patrick Nyarko.
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