Columbus Crew SC continues to accumulate what’s become known as “Garber bucks.”
Pending league approval, the club will trade their top spot in the allocation order to the New England Revolution for $350,000 in allocation money, per ESPN’s Taylor Twellman. A subsequent result of the transaction is the Revs acquiring Krisztian Nemeth. Since the Hungarian striker is a former MLS player who went abroad for a transfer fee north of $500,000, he is subject to allocation order upon returning to the league.
— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) August 10, 2017
Columbus Crew SC Trading Top Allocation Spot to New England Revolution
This marks the second move for the Black and Gold involving allocation money. Earlier on Wednesday, Columbus made official a trade that sent Ethan Finlay to Minnesota United FC. In exchange, the club received a combined $425,000 in targeted and general allocation money. $100,000 of the targeted allocation money is available for use this season.
All in all, $775,000 in allocation funds are heading Crew SC’s way as a result of these two transactions.
Krisztian Nemeth Returns to MLS
Nemeth played for Sporting KC during the 2015 season and immediately became a fan favorite. In his lone season with the club, he registered 14 goals and seven assists across all competitions. It included an equalizer in the final of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup against the Philadelphia Union. SKC later won in a penalty shootout.
In recent weeks, reports linked the 28-year-old forward with a move back to MLS. Speaking on Sirius XM FC, Twellman indicated as much with his former team, Crew SC, D.C. United and New England possible destinations. But Nemeth’s situation with his current club, Al-Gharafa in Qatar, complicated a possible return. According to the Kansas City Star’s Sam McDowell, the two parties remained apart regarding Nemeth’s buyout clause.
Revs Add Another Piece to a Potent Attack
That issue appears resolved with Nemeth on his way to New England. What doesn’t is his role on the field with his new team. Nemeth operates primarily as a center forward which puts him in competition with incumbent starter Kei Kamara. Kamara himself came to the Revs via a trade with Columbus after a now infamous penalty kick dustup with Federico Higuain and the resulting fallout that came with it.
But even Kamara’s future with New England came into question recently. In comments to the media after a 4-3 win over LA, he expressed frustration over his scoring output and questioned whether he was the right fit for the team. Though he’s found the net three times since, Nemeth, Kamara and Juan Agudelo on the same team makes for a crowded situation at striker.
For now, it’s abundantly clear that the Revs are getting a proven goal-scorer capable of spicing up an already dynamic attack. And Crew SC continue to rake in allocation assets aimed at future improvements to the roster.