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Loan report: Crew players galore get minutes

Defenders stand out for Black & Gold loanees.

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With the Columbus Crew SC playing three games in eight days, many of the players returned from their loan stints to the senior team. JJ Williams played a single game for Birmingham Legion FC. Luis Argudo and Jon Kempin played a midweek game for the Hartford Athletic before coming back to Columbus.

Aboubakar Keita made his pro debut with a substitute appearance for the Richmond Kickers. The defender was slotted in at left back along a five-man backline as the Kickers nursed a 1-0 lead.

Alex Crognale extended his run of strong play, starting twice for Indy Eleven’s backline. He was was part of the 3-0 win against the Bethlehem Steele and the 2-1 loss to New York Red Bulls II. He has become a key part of the Indy defense.

The full loan report is below.

Luis Argudo - Hartford Athletic

April 17 - Argudo started in midfield and played 73 minutes in the Athletic’s 4-0 loss to New York Red Bulls II. He was 15-of-23 passing with a shot on target. He made one tackle while fouling three times while on defense.

Argudo has returned to the senior team after the Athletic’s game against NYRB II.

Alex Crognale - Indy Eleven

April 20 - Crognale started and played 90 minutes in the 3-0 win against the Bethlehem Steel. He completed 26 of his 34 passes, made seven clearances and intercepted two passes. He added an off target shot from a set piece.

April 28 - Crognale started and played 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss to NYRB II. He was 11-of-19 with his passes. Defensively he made two tackles and eight clearances.

Next game is Wednesday, May 1 as Indy hosts the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The team then hosts North Carolina FC on Saturday, May 4.

Aboubakar Keita - Richmond Kickers

April 20 - Keita was not with the team as the Kickers defeated the Greenville Triumph 1-0.

April 27 - Keita made his debut with 13 minutes off the bench in the Kickers’ 1-0 win against the Chattanooga Red Wolves. Playing left back in a five-man backline, Keita was two-of-three passing and made two tackles defensively as the Kickers held off a furious comeback attempt.

Next game is Saturday, May 4 against at home against Lancing Ignite.

Jon Kempin - Hartford Athletic

April 17 - Kempin started at goalkeeper in the Athletic’s 4-0 loss to New York Red Bulls II. He was 14 of 33 passing as the Athletic distributed long from the keeper. He made three saves. Kempin attempted to intercept a long ball outside the penalty box. His clearance fell to a Red Bulls player and he was chipped from distance for the opening goal. The floodgates opened and Kempin was under siege the rest of the game.

Kempin returned to the senior team after the Athletic’s game against NYRB II.

Ben Lundgaard - Pittsburgh Riverhounds

April 20 - Lundgaard started and played 90 minutes in the 0-0 tie against St. Louis FC. He made a single save in the shutout. He completed seven of his 21 passes as the Hounds looked to play long from the keeper.

April 27 - Lundgaard was an unused substitute in the 2-2 tie against Nashville.

Next game is Saturday, May 4 with Pittsburgh heading to face the Charleston Battery.

Edward Opoku - Birmingham Legion

April 20 - Opoku played 28 minutes in a substitute appearance in the 0-0 tie against Swope Park Rangers. He did not tally any passes by Opta during his time on the pitch, but he did fire off two off target shots.

April 27 - Opoku played 25 minutes in a substitute appearance in the 1-0 win over Loudoun United. He was three-of-five passing including two missed crosses as he played wide. He did set up a shot and took one of his own, blocked during his time on the field.

Next game is Wednesday, May 1 as Birmingham travels to face NYRB II. They then travel to face Memphis 901 FC on Saturday, May 4.