Columbus Crew trades away backup keeper Jon Kempin, drafts new backup

Columbus Crew

Toronto FC’s Victor Vazquez, right, shoots to score against Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Jon Kempin during the second half of an MLS soccer match Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Carson, Calif. Toronto FC won 4-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Crew traded away backup goalkeeper Jon Kempin on Friday and added keeper Eric Dick as a re-entry draft pick.

Kempin, who was traded to D.C. United, had played in 10 games for the Crew, the last during the 2019 season. The Crew gains D.C.’s natural third-round pick in the 2021 Major League Soccer Superdraft, which is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21.

Later Friday, the Crew selected Dick in the MLS re-entry draft. Dick, 26, was most recently a member of Sporting Kansas City but spent time on loan to teams in the United Soccer League the past two seasons.

In December, the Crew added Evan Bush in a trade. Starter Eloy Room will return as the starter, and backup Matt Lampson also remains on the roster.

The trade is the latest in a series of offseason moves for the Crew — which won the MLS Cup in December — including adding winger Kevin Molino and forward Bradley Wright-Phillips.

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