Columbus Crew SC locked up Wil Trapp for the foreseeable future.
The club announced that Trapp signed a multi-year extension on Tuesday. Paul Tenorio of FourFourTwo initially reported on news of the deal the day before. Trapp is currently in his fifth season with the Black and Gold, with the club naming him captain in the off-season.
Crew SC used Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to complete the transaction.
Columbus Crew SC Signs Midfielder Wil Trapp to Multi-Year Extension
“We are thrilled to announce that Wil has committed to remain in Columbus with a new multi-year contract extension,” Crew SC sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a team release. “He is one of the leaders of our club, a model professional and an important part of our community.”
Over the course of his now five-year career with Crew SC, Trapp has appeared in 95 matches, with all but three of those resulting in a spot in the club’s starting XI. Last year, he played a career high 2,573 minutes while making 29 starts and contributing an assist.
What distinguishes Trapp on the field is his work in front of the back four winning the ball and distributing it with surgical accuracy. In 2016, he led the Black and Gold with a combined 141 tackles and interceptions, per Opta. Among players who completed a minimum of 1,000 passes last season, Trapp finished second in Major League Soccer with an 88.06 percent passing accuracy.
Trapp is the second player Columbus made a long-term commitment to in the past week. Last Thursday, attacking midfielder Justin Meram signed a new extension with the team. Meram is currently the longest tenured member of Crew SC.
The native of Gahanna, OH initially signed with the club as a Homegrown Player on December 13, 2012. This after emerging as one of the top prospects in the Crew SC Academy while also excelling at Akron University. He earned first team all-MAC honors during his two seasons with the Zips and was named conference newcomer of the year as a freshman.
“I’m excited to stay here in Columbus and build this club and its brand on and off the field,” Trapp said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity with a great group of players to continue to push this club. Playing in Columbus means a great deal to me and my family and I am humbled to remain a Crew SC player.”
Photo credit: Columbus Crew SC Communications.