Monday, August 23, 2010

8/23/2010: Recommended by Guille, Alvaro Ormeno To Join Columbus Crew

Looks like the Columbus Crew will be giving their last defensive spot on the club, opened up by the transfer of Jed Zayner to D.C. United and expected to be filled by rookie draft selection Kwaku Nyamekye, to Gimnasia de la Plata and Chile national midfielder Alvaro Ormeno. According to Cooperativa Chile, Ormeno, after splitting ties with Gimnasia, is very close to signing on with the Columbus club.

The 31 year old Ormeno was recommended by Guillermo Barros Schelotto, "Guillermo Barros Schelotto knows me for playing in Gimnasia and at this time in MLS they can hire four free agents for the last part of the tournament," said Ormeno.

"Fortunately, a light appeared on the road. This is a very strong option to go to U.S. team of Guillermo Barros Schelotto, the Columbus Crew. Hopefully this will help their team remain competitive and help me as well," Ormeno said also to Terra.

Ormeno also had offers from Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo, and Independiente but could not accept because of internal rules that would require those clubs to pay Gimnasia to free the player. Apparently those rules do not extend elsewhere.

Over the last three years, Ormeno has played a bevy of games for Gimnasia gaining 97 appearances and 2 goals over the last three years. His experience, coupled with Mendoza, should help to bolster an already strong Columbus squad in their several competitions.

Ormeno scores here for Colo Colo at 1:12:

And at 1:40 here for Gimnasia:

I would expect Ormeno to step into the midfield role in front of Carroll and behind Guillermo; As Ormeno usually plays defensive and central midfield.

A review of Saturday's win over Colorado, and a preview of Santos Laguna is upcoming.


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