Columbus Crew SC announced today that forward Adam Bedell will go on loan to the Richmond Kickers of the United Soccer League.
"We believe this will be a good opportunity for Adam to gain valuable minutes and continue his development in his second season as a professional," head coach Gregg Berhalter said in the press release.
Bedell is in his second season with Crew SC after he was drafted in the third round (45th overall) of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
In his rookies season, Bedell scored two goals in 16 appearances after his collegiate career at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he was the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2012.
Bedell is yet to make a Major League Soccer appearance for Columbus in 2015, but played in both Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches. In the fourth-round contest, Bedell scored two goals in a 3-1 victory over the Kickers, which may have played a part in this loan deal.
"They approached us," Berhalter explained when asked how this move came to be.
Crew SC has an affiliate club, the Austin Aztex, where Bedell spent much of the early portion of the season. The 6-foot-7 striker only played once for the Aztex due to other forwards on the roster.
"It's a case where Austin has a player in his position," Berhalter explained. "He wouldn't get game time. [The Kickers] approached us and it's a great opportunity for him to play."
The Black & Gold's head coach said he believes Richmond, who are currently fourth in the USL's Eastern Conference, will give Bedell a starting spot.
The Kickers are led in scoring by Matthew Delicâte with six goals, but no one on the team's roster has the size of MLS' tallest player, meaning there should be a spot for Bedell.
The forward is not the only Crew SC player away on loan. Second-year midfielder Romain Gall is with Austin and Homegrown goalkeeper Matt Lampson is playing with the Charlotte Independence.
What Berhalter stressed is these loan moves aren't a demotion for these players, but rather an opportunity for them to play and develop as opposed to just training in Columbus.
"Part of our job is to still give these guys developmental plans and part of their plans is to play games," he explained. "This is a good opportunity to get game time and come back with some confidence."
Bedell, Gall, and Lampson, all 25-years or younger, can use these loan moves as opportunities to get better, which could help Crew SC in the long run, as they could be a part of the Black & Gold's future in years to come.