James Igbekeme fitting in nicely with Columbus Crew at left back; D.C. United Match Preview

James Igbekeme

James Igbekeme was signed by the Columbus Crew during this past offseason in january.

He was acquired on loan from Spanish Segunda División side Real Zaragoza for the 2022 MLS season.

“James is a versatile midfielder and his addition will help strengthen our roster,” Crew president & general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a press release. “He will provide us with another strong option in the midfield and his contributions will be seen on both sides of the ball. We look forward to welcoming James and his family to Columbus and look forward to incorporating him into our team.”

The Crew retains a purchase option after Igbekeme’s loan expires in December 2022. He will occupy an international roster spot.

A 26-year-old midfielder has scored four goals in 96 league matches for Zaragoza across the last four seasons. A Nigeria native, he has also played for Portuguese teams, Ribeirão, Oliveirense and Gil Vicente.

James talked to the media in the Weekly Crew Friday Press Conference ahead of their match against DC United tonight.

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