It was a busy week for Columbus Crew SC loanees this week as head coach Caleb Porter sent an addition three players out on loan for the weekend to get some game minutes. There was a standout performance from the six loanees this week. With the Black & Gold set to play three games in eight days starting this weekend, JJ Williams, Luis Argudo and John Kempin went on single-game loans. Ben Lundgaard, Edward Opoku and Alex Crognale also saw action as part of their ongoing loans.
Williams scored a brace as the impact sub for Birmingham Legion in their 3-2 win over St. Louis FC. Playing right wing, Williams struggled to find the ball until the 75th minute when he was able to latch on to a pass wide and slot the ball home. He then added a header in the 82nd minute to give the Legion a 3-1 lead.
Ben Lundgaard started his third game of the year for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, backstopping the team’s 3-1 win over the Hartford Athletic. The Athletic started two Crew loanees, Jon Kempin in goal and Luis Argudo in the midfield. Pittsburgh was the better team, but Kempin did get an assist with a long ball.
The full loan report is below:
Luis Argudo - Hartford Athletic
April 15 - Argudo started and played 90 minutes in the 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh. He completed 21 of his 29 passes, made two tackles and had one interception.
Next game is April 17 against New York Red Bulls II, but Kempin is on a single-game loan and is likely to return to Columbus.
Alex Crognale - Indy Eleven
April 15 - Crognale started and played 90 minutes in the 3-1 win against the Swope Park Rangers. He earned a first half yellow card, completed 24 of his 28 passes, ade five tackles, six clearances and intercepted four passes. He also put a shot on target from a set piece.
Next game is April 20 at Bethlehem Steel.
Aboubakar Keita - Richmond Kickers
April 13 - Keita was not with the team as the Kickers lost to Lancing Ignite FC 3-1. He remains with the Crew while recovering from a minor injury and has been running and working to the side at practice. It is undetermined when he will return on loan to Richmond but Porter said the plan is to send him back when he’s healthy.
Next game is April 20 against Greenville Triumph SC.
Jon Kempin - Hartford Athletic
April 13 - Kempin started and played 90 minutes in Hartford’s 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh. He made three saves and gave up three goals as the host Riverhounds controlled the game. He added an assist on a direct ball that found José Angulo, who blasted a long-range shot to score.
Next game is April 17 against Red Bull New York II, but Kempin is on a single-game loan and is likely to return to Columbus.
Ben Lundgaard - Pittsburgh Riverhounds
April 13 - Lundgaard started and allowed a goal and made a save against Hartford Athletic. as the Riverhounds won 3-1.
Next game is April 20 against St. Louis FC in Pittsburgh.
Edward Opoku - Birmingham Legion
April 13 - Opoku came on in the 87th minute of Birmingam’s 3-2 win in St. Louis. He got a yellow card as he committed a foul, giving St. Louis a penalty kick. The hosts converted to make the score 3-2 Birmingham.
Next game is April 20 against Swope Park Rangers in Birmingham.
JJ Williams - Birmingham Legion
April 13 - Williams made an early second half substitute appearance in Birmingham’s 3-2 win against St. Louis FC, coming on in the 52nd minute. He scored off a tight-angle shot in the 75th minute. Williams then added a header goal in the 82nd minute to make the game 3-1. Playing right wing, he completed five of 12 of his passes and scored on both of his shots.
Next game is April 20 against Swope Park Rangers in Birmingham, but Williams is on a single-game loan and has already to returned to Columbus.