Today the Columbus Crew made its second trade in two days with the announcement that the Black and Gold have acquired midfielder Hector Jimenez from the L.A. Galaxy.
The Crew received Jimenez and the 14th-overall MLS SuperDraft pick in exchange for Columbus' second-round (23rd overall) pick and allocation money.
"Hector is an exciting young player and we are pleased to welcome him to our club," said Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter in the team's press release. "He is a player that possesses several strong attacking attributes and will help our squad immediately."
Jimenez was selected in the second round (34th overall) of the 2011 SuperDraft by the Galaxy. In his three seasons in Los Angeles, the 25-year old made 43 appearances, record four goals and six assists, and won two MLS Cup titles. Last season, Jimenez appeared in 26 games, scoring a career-high three goals and four assists.
Jimenez has also appeared eight times in the CONCACAF Champions League and once in the U.S. Open Cup.
The Crew is in need of help on the wing after the retirement of Eddie Gaven and Jimenez will provide that. He is an effective passer, who is comfortable playing short, but also can play a nice long ball or cross. Typically played on the right wing, Jimenez could lineup opposite of Dominic Oduro but has seen time in the middle of the field as well.
He brings with him MLS post-season experience and an understanding of how to win in this league.
Along with Jimenez, Columbus trades back into the first-round of the SuperDraft after trading away their own first-round pick in Monday's deal for Michael Parkhurst.
This allows the Crew to refocus on Thursday's first round and potentially add another piece to the puzzle. The Black and Gold also have the fourth selection of the third round (42nd overall) in the draft.
With these two moves, the Crew has filled two holes on their roster with time still remaining in the offseason. The draft will allow them to add further and there is still time for more trades or player purchases.