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Wil Trapp acquires Greek passport

Massive Report confirmed the MLSSoccer report that the Crew SC captain received his passport.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC Media Day Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Crew SC captain Wil Trapp recently acquired a Greek passport. The news was first reported by MLSSoccer.com’s Paul Tenorio on Friday afternoon and subsequently confirmed by Massive Report.

Trapp was able to acquire the passport due to his maternal grandfather being from Greece. The reason for acquiring the passport is in case Trapp would ever want to move to Europe, although according to Tenorio, he has no plans to do so any time soon.

Of course Black & Gold fans first thoughts when hearing of the Trapp news will turn to the potential move of Crew SC to Austin, Texas. Trapp, a native of Gahanna, Ohio, a nearby suburb of Columbus, grew up watching the team in Columbus and played for the club’s Academy. Questions have been raised about if Homegrown players, such as Trapp, would want to remain with the club if the move to Austin does occur. But, with things still so unclear surrounding the situation, there is no saying what these players might choose do.

While that thought may be in Trapp’s mind, Massive Report learned that the midfielder began working on acquiring his Greek passport long before Crew SC investor/operator — not owner — Anthony Precout announced he was considering moving the team from Columbus.

Trapp, who attended Akron University, signed with the Black & Gold as a Homegrown player on Dec. 13, 2012. He made his debut for Crew SC on July 6, 2013, staring in a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers.

Since his first appearance for Columbus, Trapp has played 136 times for Crew SC with 134 total starts. In that time, he has logged 11,885 minutes with one goal and 14 assists.

When head coach Gregg Berhalter took over the Black & Gold in 2014, he named Trapp vice captain under defender Michael Parkhurst. With the departure of the center back ahead of the 2017 season, the 24 year old was named the full-time captain and head of the Crew SC’s leadership council.

Trapp signed a contract extension with the Black & Gold last year. That deal runs through the 2020 season, meaning any team that is interested in Trapp would have to purchase him until the contract is through.

The midfielder made his debut for the United States National Team on Jan. 28, 2015 in a 3–2 friendly loss at Chile. It was then over a year before Trapp made another appearance for the U.S., but recently captain the national team in back-to-back friendlies.

While acquiring the Greek passport does not at all mean anything is imminent for Trapp, it does provide an easier route to Europe if a team ever comes calling and/or he elects to make the move over seas.