The Columbus Crew SC forward crop is getting thinner after multiple reports have out of contract striker Aaron Schoenfeld officially signing with Israeli team Maccabi Netanya. Schoenfeld had been on trial for the past couple weeks.
The signing was reportedly dependent on the American striker not taking up a foreign player slot and apparently he was able to secure residency and make the move immediately.
Former Columbus Crew SC midfielder Aaron Schoenfeld has finally completed his move to Maccabi Netanya of Israel's Premier League #CrewSC— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) January 18, 2016
The signing leaves Crew SC with a single professional striker in Kei Kamara. The team did select two college strikers in last week's draft, but Kyle Parker and Marshall Hollingsworth haven't played in a professional game and it would be a significant leap to expect either of them to contribute to an MLS Cup contender.
Gregg Berhalter did reference a possible striker help coming in a conference call last week. Kamara was indefatigable in 2015 with 32 appearances, including 31 starts, and 22 goals. It was a career season that may be hard to replicate as he moves into his 30s and the wear and tear of soccer starts to catch up to him.
Preseason opens this weekend in Columbus with players reporting for physicals before heading to Florida for early training.