Update (July 11, 10:01 a.m.): The Crew officially announced the deal for Jordan Hamilton, a 2019 international slot, $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and the right of first refusal for an unnamed player in exchange for Patrick Mullins.
“We’re excited to welcome Jordan to Columbus Crew SC,” Crew President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in the press release. “In Jordan we have a young forward who has not only won trophies at the club level, but who also has experience competing at the international level with Canada and will provide depth in our attack. At the same time, we would like to thank Patrick for his contributions to the Club and to the Columbus community during his time with us. We thought this trade gave us a good chance to improve our roster while also presenting a good opportunity for Patrick. We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.”
The original story from Massive Report from July 10 is below:
According to a report Nicolas Martineau, a Montreal Impact beat reporter for TVA Sports, the Crew are trading forward Patrick Mullins to Toronto FC in exchange for forward Jordan Hamilton. The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal then gave more details on the deal, reporting the Black & Gold are set to receive an international roster spot for the remainder of the 2019 season.
Another stipulation to the trade is that the Crew will continue to pay some of Mullins’ salary charge against the cap and Columbus will get the right of first refusal on an unnamed international player, according to Stejskal.
Massive Report can confirm the trade for Hamilton is happening but has been unable to confirm the terms of the deal as reported by Stejskal.
Hamilton, 23, is an interesting addition to the Crew roster. A Homegrown product for Toronto, the forward appeared in 53 games, starting 28, scoring 11 goals and registering three assists over six seasons. Hamilton is having his best statistical year in 2019, playing 14 times, seven starts, and scoring four goals. Largely used off the bench, Hamilton’s last start for TFC was May 18 in a 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake. Since then, the forward has come off the bench in every game but one for the Reds, scoring once.
Mullins, who was acquired by the Crew in July of last year, was overall underwhelming during his time in Columbus. The forward appeared in 19 games, four starts, but registered just one goal and one assist while playing behind Gyasi Zardes.
So far in 2019, the Crew has scored 17 goals in 20 games played. Prior to Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders, the Black & Gold had gone three games without finding the back of the net. Columbus’ last goal from the run of play came in the 2-2 draw with New York City FC on June 1.
Hamilton will add more depth to the striker position for the Black & Gold. Earlier this month, the Crew acquired forward Romario Williams from Atlanta United. It is likely that Hamilton and Williams will provide depth behind Zardes, and look to give Columbus the attacking spark off the bench the team has not had all year.
What is unclear about this deal is how it works with international spots. Hamilton, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, will, it seems, take up one international spot, likely the one coming from Toronto. The Black & Gold recently acquired Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room, who is also believed to take up an international slot, yet based on the current roster construction, the team is one slot short.
When asked about the international slot situation following the Room transfer, head coach Caleb Porter indicated that the Crew would be fine.