Thursday, July 29, 2010

7/29/2010: Crew To Sign Kwaku Nyamekye At Beginning Of Next Season



Crew draft pick Kwaku Nyamekye could not start this season with the Columbus Crew because Kwaku was finishing up his economics degree at Harvard. However, Switzerland international Nyamekye did spend the last two months training with the Columbus Crew, receiving minutes in a friendly against the Dayton Dutch Lions and a couple of other college teams.

Crew Head Coach Robert Warzycha and Technical Director Brian Bliss liked what they say in Nyamekye's abilities; However, with the July 1st guarenteed contract date good and gone, the Crew could not sign Nyamekye without eating another player's salary.

Therefore, with the agreement of Nyamekye, Nyamekye will look for a short-stint in Europe with a lower division club and then rejoin the Columbus Crew from the beginning of training camp in 2011.

I find what the Crew are doing for next year very interesting. It's almost like Columbus has a waiting list for players; As Kwaku Nyamekye, Stern John, and Dayton Dutch Lions Bas Ent may all be joining the Columbus Crew from the start of 2011.

Have to appreciate the forsightedness of the Columbus Crew management; If the Crew stockpile options for next season then there is less panic and an easier sense on how to fill positions, if a Robbie Rogers or a Chad Marshall or someone else leaps to Europe.

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