Rookie Edward Opoku is set to get some playing time, but not with Columbus Crew SC. The Black & Gold announced the 21-year-old winger was sent on loan to Saint Louis FC of the United Soccer League on a game-by-game basis. The deal allows the Crew to recall the player at any point in the season.
One of the five Ghanaians of Crew SC’s roster, Opoku was selected in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The rookie showed some promise in preseason, when he was constantly used by head coach Gregg Berhalter, and recorded a goal against Japanese side Iwaki FC in Honolulu, Hawaii, and an assist against the Charleston Battery during the Carolina Challenge Cup.
Since the regular season started, however, Opoku has not been used by Berhalter in Major League Soccer. He has featured in the team’s reserve friendlies, but the club wanted him to get more regular minutes elsewhere to help his development.
The rookie could make his debut for Saint Louis FC as early as this Saturday, when the team faces the Swope Park Rangers (Sport Kanas City’s affiliate) at Children’s Mercy Park.
Opoku is the second Crew SC player to be loaned out since the start of the MLS season, joining center back Alex Crognale, who is currently with USL’s Orange County SC.