The Columbus Crew announced the signing of Chilean attacking midfielder Milovan Mirosevic today. Mirosevic (31 years old) most recently played for Universidad Católica in the Chilean First Division, where he was captain of the team. His goal scoring record is impressive, so I hope that Coach Warzycha plays him behind two strikers. Here is a video of one of Mirosevic’s most skillful goals (he looks good playing in black and gold):
The Mirosevic signing wasn’t the only reason Columbus was in the soccer headlines today. Goal.com reported that Costa Rican forward Olman Vargas has signed with the Crew. However, Craig Merz tweeted that it isn’t exactly a done deal yet. Vargas plays for C.S. Herediano in the first division in Costa Rica. With 30 goals since 2008, perhaps Vargas will be the perfect partner for Emilio Renteria up top.
In that previous Craig Merz tweet, he also mentions that Columbus is looking for a Designated Player to sign before the season starts. According to Warzycha, there are currently several candidates who are all well-known.
North Carolina midfielder Ben Speas is reportedly close to signing a Homegrown contract with the Crew. Speas has won the NCAA College Cup the previous two years, and he was named the MVP of this year’s tournament after scoring the game-winning goal in the championship game.
The MLS SuperDraft is also coming up on January 12th, providing the team with another great opportunity to find some young, cheap talent that could add depth to this year’s roster.
If Olman Vargas and Speas do get signed, and a big name DP player is brought in, this offseason may be considered one of the best in the Crew’s history. Just imagine Emilio Renteria and Vargas starting at forward, Mirosevic playing in an attacking midfield posistion, and Dilly Duka and Eddie Gaven on the wings. The possible departures of Robbie Rogers and Emmanuel Ekpo don’t look so bad now, do they?