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Crew Make Moves; Decline Options on Seven

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The Black and Gold announced transactions on 17 players today.

Bob Levey

The Crew announced their player moves today. They exercised the options on 10 players and declined 7 others, leaving only 17 on the roster. Among the group that was let go is MLS Cup winning keeper William Hesmer, 2011 First Round Draft pick Rich Balchan, and back line stalwart Sebastian Miranda. On the list that's staying is Team MVP Andy Gruenebaum, Josh Williams, and Dilly Duka.

Team officials have said they are likely to extend offers to Mendes, O'Rourke, and Renteria and likely try to resign some of the players who had their options declined. The moves leave the Crew thin on the back line, with only three defenders under contract.

Guaranteed Contracts (7): Jairo Arrieta, Eddie Gaven, Federico Higuain, Aaron Horton, Chad Marshall, Milovan Mirosevic, Ben Speas

Options Exercised (10): Bernardo Anor, Dilly Duka, Ethan Finlay, Eric Gehrig, Kevan George, Andy Gruenebaum, Matt Lampson, Justin Meram and Aaron Schoenfeld, Josh Williams

Options Declined (7): Rich Balchan, Chris Birchall, Tommy Heinemann, William Hesmer, Julius James, Sebastian Miranda, Tony Tchani

Out of Contract (3): Carlos Mendes, Danny O’Rourke, Emilio Renteria