It’s already been a busy offseason for Columbus Crew SC.
The Black & Gold started the rebuild, first allowing several former key players to move on then trading captain Michael Parkhurst to Atlanta United and losing midfield Mohammed Saeid in the MLS Expansion. Crew SC then signed Homegrown defender Alex Crognale, picked up former defender Josh Williams in the Re-Entry Draft and signed wing back Jukka Raitala.
In the midst of it all, Black & Gold owner Anthony Precourt tweeted that a second Designated Player was on the way. That player is likely Ghanian defender Jonathan Mensah, although the club has not officially announced that transfer.
Columbus is not done yet as we move into 2017 and it appears Crew SC could add U.S. youth international Junior Flores, something we wrote about as a possibility in mid-December.
Getting word US's Junior Flores agreed to 3-year MLS deal. Leaving @BVB 2. Unclear if he'll arrive soon or summer. Club tbd. Crew top option— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 2, 2017
Steven Goff, who writes for the Washington Post, is one of the more well-connected reporters in American soccer and frequently has the story before anyone else.
Flores is a 20-year old American player who impressed at the youth international level before electing to sign with Borussia Dortmund two years ago. He has failed to make an appearance with the first team over that time and has just seven with the reserve squad.
Flores would provide another attacking option, having played all three advanced midfield roles. He would also be the first attacking signing of the offseason, after the club finished seventh in goals scored in the Eastern Conference.
As always, Massive Report will look into this potential move and keep fans updated on anything we hear or new that emerges. Stay tuned.