The Crew announced the signing of Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta, currently of Saprissa. He'll join the team when the transfer window opens on June 27th. He will be expected to vie for a starting spot among the youthful forward crop.
The veteran Arrieta was described as a smaller striker who provides a different option than the team currently has.. He's quick and can play as a second striker, but he's also has enough speed to try and punish high defensive lines and offside traps. Both Coach Warzycha and Technical Director Brian Bliss talked about his quickness around the box and ability to create and finish chances.
Arrieta is currently under contract with Saprissa and will join the Crew on a free transfer. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, but he does have a year and a half deal with two team option years. He will not be the team's Designated Player.
Given that he's currently playing, Warzycha hopes his transition time will be short. He will be fully fit and ready to play. Where he lines up will be an open question. Warzycha declined to speculate where he expects him to play, but he does give the Crew a lot of options. He could put pressure on Emilio Renteria's starting spot and play as the mobile forward to target role that Olman Vargas plays.
As Adam Jardy noted, Arrieta has played as a wing forward in a 4-4-3 formation. Renteria has played a wide role in his time with the Crew and could line up as the opposing wing. That would necessitate a shift in midfield to work and the team may not have the right players to fully make that transition work.
This move does signal to the fans that the Crew are trying to improve the team, but Arrieta won't arrive for 2 months. Starting June 30th against Real Salt Lake, Arrieta has 21 games to make an impact on offense. Whether it matters may depend on the team's performance in the 8 games between now and then.