The strange, short, tenure Emil Larsen in Columbus is over. Crew SC announced that they are transferring the midfielder to Lyngby in his native Denmark.
Larsen arrived on a free transfer in January after a stint with Odense. He was expected to provide competition at all three attacking midfield spots, but he never was able to get into the rotation. He struggled to get minutes and only made three league appearances for 31 minutes. He added another 110 minutes in two appearances in the Open Cup.
After a sometimes tumultuous relationship with fans and management in previous stops, Larsen was a model citizen publicly despite not able to get on the field, a frustrating situation. He did move quickly to try and secure a move that would get him more playing time and should get it arriving back with the club he first broke through as a professional.
Larsen leaves MLS after six months, joining Amro Tarek and Kei Kamara as players who have left the team since the beginning of the season. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a transfer usually brings some fee, making the move a small bit of good business for Crew SC, though the team keeps only two-thirds of any received fee and it is awarded as General Allocation Money.
The move was long anticipated once news that Larsen was looking for a move home broke and Gregg Berhalter said that the player was in Denmark last week. Crew SC now has three open roster slots and an open international slot as the transfer window is open until early August. Berhalter has said the team is looking to add to the strike force and in central defense.