Friday, February 12, 2016

2/12/16: Three New Players Signed, Why It's Better Than Previous Years

The three new players the Crew signed, transfer-wise, are players that may take the Crew over the top from MLS Cup participant to winner.

Emil Larsen, the 24 year old Danish star, appears to be someone much better than last year's acquisitions of Mohamed Saeid and Kristin Steindorsson.

The 24 year old has five appearances for Denmark. Has played in the Danish Superliga for six years. The first two with Lyngby Boldklub, where he was the top league scorer in 2009 helping to promote the club to the Danish Superliga.

His work led to a transfer to top Danish Superliga club, Odense Boldklub, where he has been for the last four seasons.



Emil Larsen looks a top prospect for Denmark's future at 24 years old and looks capable of taking a spot in the midfield as a starter.

So, makes a Crew fan wonder/ponder if a player in the midfield might be going or if Larsen will split time in the midfield with another starter; As I don't think Larsen would look to come here to be a bench player.



Ola Kamara additionally looks to be a massive improvement as a second striker. The 26 year old Norwegian played for top Norwegian Tippeligaen side Molde last season. Kamara scored 14 goals in 29 appearances, nearly good enough for a goal every two games.

Ola or K2 also received UEFA Champions League time with Molde last season.

In the past, Kamara has had the most success with Tippeligaen side Stromsgodset, scoring 43 goals in 112 appearances.

Kamara has spent a bit of time in the Austrian Bundesliga with SV Rien and Austria Wien, but hasn't had much success there. Also, he has spent some time in Germany with TSV 1860 Munchen.

Ola further has had his own international appearances, seven for Norway including one goal.

Ola's top three Molde goals last season, looks to have some pace. Perhaps Kei's eventual replacement/protégé if Kei was really looking to retire this year if Columbus won it all:


Some goals Ola scored in the past that probably lead to his time in Austria:


In regard to Amro Tarek, the 23 year old has had a decent stint in the Egyptian Second Division. And that's it if you look at his whole career.

He's made appearances on excellent Bundesliga Reserve teams and is now on contract with Real Betis.

I figure it's a situation based on what Amro makes out of it. He's likely on his way out of Betis and Columbus probably figures if he takes to the Crew and plays successfully, bonus.

Berhalter perhaps believes he has a better chance with Amro than Barson or Tyson Wahl.

Columbus could use a better 5 or 6 defenders overall and if they bring in Amro and someone similar fulfills a need.

All of these acquisitions fulfill a need and strengthen the depth of the club.

In addition, all players transferred in have been with a few successful clubs and are perhaps more professional than previous acquisitions. So, if all can put some stress on starters all the better.

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