Today was (unofficial) roster cutdown day. The Columbus Crew did sign a couple players and did let a couple go. First round SuperDraft pick Ben Sweat and third rounder Fifi Baiden were added to the roster. Shawn Sloan was cut and trialist Konrad Warzycha left camp.
Sweat was the player head coach Gregg Berhalter was looking for in the draft and it was likely that he would make the team. The left back out of the University of South Florida made an appearance against Malmo during preseason action. He will now compete for first team action against newcomer Waylon Francis, Tyson Wahl, and Agustin Viana on the back line.
Baiden impressed in his limited action with the team. He was the bright spot in an otherwise dull first half against Malmo. Baiden adroitly cycled the ball around midfield when he was paired with Wil Trapp. Baiden will be fighting for playing time in a crowded midfield with Daniel Paladini, Tony Tchani, Kevan George, and Viana all able to play in that spot.
Today also marked the end of Shawn Sloan and Konrad Warzycha's tenure with the team. Sloan was on a contract, but was waived before the March 1st roster deadline. Sloan did not appear in a league game, but made the game day 18 once and was a regular with the reserve team.
Warzycha had his option declined in November, but had joined the team as a trialist this preseason. He made 13 appearances, including two starts with his only year with the team.
Signing Baiden and Sweat brings the Crew roster up to 30 players including four goalkeepers. Competition isn't over as two trialist remain with the team as they head to Orlando for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. Forward Adam Bedell and defender Patrick Slogic will have more time to audition for a spot on the team.