Wil Trapp’s days as a Columbus Crew SC player appear to have come to an end. The central midfielder is moving from the Black & Gold to David Beckham’s expansion side Inter Miami. This news was first reported by Paul Tenorio of The Athletic and confirmed by Massive Report.
Request for comment from the Crew did not receive an immediate response.
Miami will send $100,000 in General Allocation Money for the 2020 season and an international spot for 2020 to Columbus for Trapp. That money could increase to $300,000 in 2021 if certain performance criteria are met and contract triggers are hit. Also, if Inter receivers a transfer fee for Trapp from a club outside of MLS, the Crew will get a percentage of the future transfer fee.
“First and foremost, we want to thank Wil for his seven years of contributions on and off the field while a member of the First Team of Crew SC,” club president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “This was certainly a difficult decision to make, but headed into the final year of Wil’s contract, we were presented with an opportunity that we felt would mutually benefit both the Club and the player.
“Wil represented his hometown Club and country proudly during his time with Crew SC and continues to serve as a model for a path to the professional level through the Academy system. As he enters the next chapter of his career, we truly wish him the best and appreciate what he has meant to Columbus.”
Trapp, a Columbus, Ohio native, played for the Crew’s Academy and signed with the club as a Homegrown product prior to the 2013 season after two years at the University of Akron. Trapp made his full debut with the club on July 7, 2013, starting against the Portland Timbers. He went on to make 15 more appearances that season and was named the club’s Breakout Performer of the Year.
Following the appointment of Gregg Berhalter as head coach ahead of the 2014 season, Trapp became a vital part of the Crew’s on- and off-field success. Playing in the central midfielder role, Trapp was asked to drop onto the backline as a third center back often as the outside fullbacks pushed forward while stepping into the midfield and helping to create attacks and stop the opponent from going the other way.
Trapp was named the club’s captain following the departure of center back Michael Parkhurt in 2017. With that, he led the team’s leadership council and reported directly to Berhatler.
The midfielder was also influential off the field, becoming a fan favorite for his involvement in his community. Although the players often stayed away from the topic, Trapp chose to wear a Save The Crew captain’s armband in 2018 as the supporters fought to keep the club in Columbus.
Prior to the 2019 season, Berhalter accepted the head coaching position with the United States Men’s National Team and Caleb Porter was appointed Columbus’ new head coach. Porter coached Trapp at Akron, using him in a similar role as Berhalter with the Crew. In their first season back together, the Black & Gold struggled, finishing with a 10-16-8 record and missing the playoffs for the first time in three years.
In seven seasons with the Crew, Trapp made 185 appearances, 179 starts, scoring two goals and registering 19 assists. The Black & Gold is the only club Trapp has ever played for.
Trapp, a U.S. international, has 20 appearances with the national team since making his debut in 2015 but 18 of those have come since 2018.
It has long been a poorly kept secret that Trapp had a desire for a move abroad. He turned down the opportunity to play for English Championship side Blackburn Rovers in 2018 but continued to look to go overseas. Massive Report learned this offseason that Trapp’s desire to leave the club intensified. The Columbus Dispatch reported earlier this month that talks occurred between Columbus and the Vancouver Whitecaps but ultimately broke down. This led to the deal with Miami.
The Crew acquired midfielder Darlington Nagbe in November. Nagbe and Artur have started both Black & Gold preseason games in central midfield and are likely to be the starters when the 2020 season begins. With Trapp gone, the Crew’s depth in the center of the park comes into question, with just rookies Aidan Morris and Sebastian Berhalter, who both signed Homegrown contracts this summer, as true central midfield options.
An offseason of rebuilding continues as Porter continues to re-create the Crew in his image. Assuming this trade is approved by MLS, only nine players that were on the roster when the Black & Gold opened preseason camp last year still remain with the club.