Crew Re-Sign O'Rourke, Adding Depth to Back Line

Jamie Sabau

Danny O'Rourke is ready for his seventh season in Black and Gold.

The Crew brought Worthington native Danny O'Rourke back into the fold as they announced they re-signed him to a new contract today. Terms were not discussed. The Crew roster now stands at 20 players.

O'Rourke, an eight year veteran, has been with the Crew since 2007. He was a key starter on the 2008 MLS Cup Championship team and started 26 games for the 2009 Supporters Shield winners.

The injury plagued O'Rourke appeared in 21 games, including 18 starts, in 2012 after knee surgery limited him to six in 2011.

O'Rourke is a versatile player. He can play defensive midfield, center back, and either right or left back in a pinch. The key will be if he's able to stay healthy. He can be a solid defender, albeit one prone to the occasional lapse in judgement, but staying on the field has been difficult.

It was likely that O'Rourke would return to the Crew, but getting him signed gives the team a little bit of flexibility in their next roster moves. With holes at both outside back positions and Wil Trapp and Kevan George the only options in defensive midfield, O'Rourke can come in a start. This takes a little pressure off the next signings that the Crew need to make.

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