The summer transfer window opened on Monday and that means teams in Major League Soccer can start making moves.
Some MLS teams have been quick to react, but there’s plenty of time before the window closes to add a piece or two.
The question is, will the Black & Gold take this opportunity to make one or more addition(s)?
“We’re always looking. Scouting is 365,” head coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter said this week. “You’re always looking to strengthen the team and now is an opportunity with the window open that you can actually do so.
So I’m not guaranteeing that we’re going to be active, but I would say there’s a likelihood that we would be.”
Crew SC have already been linked with Venezuelan forward/winger Jhon Murillo, who has yet to make an appearance for Benfica and has spent the last two seasons on loan. It was reported that Columbus made a $3 million offer for Murillo, but that it was turned down by the Portuguese club.
Massive Report’s Collin Johnson crafted a wish list of players that would be a good fit for Crew SC. Perhaps one or two of them may also be on Berhalter’s radar.
Being active in the window doesn’t just mean acquiring players. It can also mean players are on their way out.
Massive Report already refuted a report that the Black & Gold were calling teams to trade winger Kekuta Manneh, who the side just traded for earlier this season, but other players could be moved if the right offer comes along.
The window to make moves is open until Aug. 9.
With no MLS game this week, there will be no injury report. But that does not mean there’s not ailments for Crew SC.
Winger Justin Meram injured his ankle in the July 1 match against Atlanta United and was limited in training the day before the July 4 match with Minnesota United where he played 27 minutes off the bench.
Meram has been in running shoes all week during the portions of practices open to the media. Berhalter confirmed Meram is still dealing with the ankle issue, but would not say whether this is just precautionary and if Meram would be available if this were a game week, “I can’t answer hypothetical questions.”
When asked if Meram might train this week, Berhatler simply said, “Potentially.”
Columbus defender Nicolai Naess was also dealing with an ankle issue that he picked up during the match in Minnesota. In his first start in four matches, Naess was forced off after just 34 minutes due to the injury.
Following four days off, Naess was back in training and Berhalter indicated he was full go on Monday.
Speaking of Nicos, Niko Hansen has been pacing the sideline at Crew SC training lately.
The rookie had hernia surgery in late June and the club announced he was expected to miss the next three matches, which he has done.
Berhalter indicated that Hansen has “been doing stuff,” but was not confident that he would make it back for Monday’s friendly with German side Eintracht Frankfurt.