Gyasi Zardes? Ola Kamara?
It turns out the two clubs have made a trade, but not for the aforementioned players. At least, not yet.
On Wednesday, Columbus acquired goalkeeper Jon Kempin from the Galaxy in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
At 24 years of age, Kempin is still young in goalkeeper years, but has been around the league for a few years. He spent last season in Los Angeles, where he started seven games with two shutouts and a 1.86 goals against average.
Prior to his stint with the Galaxy, Kempin spent the start of his career with Sporting Kansas City, where he was a Homegrown product. He played four games — with three starts — in 2014 and had three starts in 2015. He did not appear in 2016.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Kempin made appearances for the United States at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels, and was also called in to the 2015 senior team January camp under Jurgen Klinsmann.
Columbus has lacked experienced depth in goal the past couple of seasons, and Kempin provides a slight upgrade in that department behind starter Zack Steffen.