The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Crew SC has signed Icelandic midfielder Kristinn Steindorsson. He's the latest move in a busy offseason.
Steindorsson, 24, comes to MLS after three seasons with Halmstads BK of Sweden. He became a key player for the team this past season, starting in 29 games and scoring eight goals.
Head Coach Gregg Berhalter told the Dispatch that he's known of Steindorsson since his time coaching Hammarby IF, but has also been scouted rigorously since then.
The team apparently paid a transfer fee for Steindorsson who was reportedly under contract until December of 2015. Andrew King confirmed that Steindorsson was a free transfer.
Steindorsson has played left wing extensively, but has played right midfield as well. He's made appearances with Icelandic youth national teams, but is still waiting for his call into the senior squad. He will compete with a growing compliment of wingers including the recently re-signed pair of Justin Meram and Ethan Finlay, U.S. U-20 player Romain Gall, Ben Speas and the versatile Hector Jimenez.
The move adds another midfielder after the team traded Bernardo Anor on Monday. Berhalter has said they are still looking to bring in players and Crew SC was recently linked with Egyptian right back Omar Gaber, but according to Jardy's report, the player may have been offered to the team instead of a bid lodged.
With the loss of Eric Gehrig in the expansion in draft and the trade of Josh Williams to New York City FC, the team is especially thin on the back line the team will likely be busy in adding players.