Vukovic, 28 years old, trained with the team in the pre-season and played in the Carolina Challenge Cup for the Crew. He impressed the team enough to be offered a contract. Vukovic, 6 feet 2 inches tall, has spent the majority of his professional career in his home country while also playing in Greece for a little span. Vukovic is the team’s 30th player to be signed, fulfilling the roster limit in MLS.
Columbus also signed Schoenfeld this week. To make room for the rookie, the Crew had to place Rich Balchan on the disabled list. Schoenfeld, 6 feet 4 inches tall, played college soccer at East Tennessee State University before being drafted by the Montreal Impact in the second round. The Crew acquired him by trading one of their picks in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft to the Impact.
After defeating the Montreal Impact in their first home game of 2012 (which Schoenfeld came on in as a sub), the Crew reserves faced off against the Impact’s reserves. Montreal took a 2-0 lead by way of goals from Lamar Neagle and Miguel Montaño. Columbus was able to pull one goal back in the 89th minute through right-back Aubrey Perry, but it wasn’t enough to earn a tie.