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Crew's Trialists Inch Closer to Day of Reckoning

With the end of camp approaching, trialists have limited time to make an impact.

Al Messerschmidt

A couple possible transactions flew under the radar while the Crew demolished the Union yesterday. The team is apparently close to adding second round draft pick Drew Beckie and Aaron Horton remains in Europe, trying to latch on to a new club.

Though it hasn't been announced, Beckie tweeted yesterday that he signed a contract with the Crew. Beckie is a defender coming out of the University of Denver. He's played both center and right back with the second team this preseason.

Adam Jardy also revealed that Horton is on trial with Hammarby IF in Sweden. His recent trial with Sarajevo FK ended without a contract. A loan move for Horton would free up a roster spot for the Crew and may provide some cap relief. Both sides seem eager to move on.

With Beckie signing, the list of spots open to trialists is getting smaller. There are five open spots that the Crew can use, six if Horton leaves on loan. Konrad Warzycha has been playing extensivly with the second team and is pushing for a final slot and may have already grabbed it.

The Crew will carry three goalkeepers and it appears the decision for the final spot is down to draftee Daniel Withrow and trialist Samir Badr. Withrow is a solid college option; Badr hasn't played consistently since his contract with Haras El-Hodood was cancelled when the Egyptian league was suspended.

Reed Matte, Kyle Hyland, and Shawn Sloan have been joined with a new set of competition for the remaining spots. Jordan Gafa an outside back from the University of North Carolina and midfielder Cody Calafiore from Temple University are trying to earn a place at the end of the bench.

The Crew can also decide not to use the last two roster slots and pocket allocation money for each unused spot. This would tighten the roster decisions even more at the cost of extra spending money. There would be only 28 players in the full squad.

Columbus has three more games to help decide the final cuts. Seven players are looking to stick with the team when they pack up for home. Robert Warzycha and staff will be keeping an eye on those players that are making the grade.