Columbus Crew trying to get thru Gold Cup period without top stars, adds Erik Hurtado in trade with Club de Foot Montreal

July 8, 2021

Hurtado is a nine-year MLS veteran with 140 regular-season appearances

COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew today announced that the Club has acquired forward Erik Hurtado (pronounced: her-TAH-doe) and the player’s associated budget charge via a trade with Club de Foot Montreal in exchange for $200,000 in 2021 General Allocation Money (GAM). Hurtado, 30, is a nine-year MLS veteran who has made 140 regular-season appearances (60 starts) while scoring 19 goals and providing 11 assists.

“We would like to welcome Erik to Columbus,” said Columbus Crew President & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Erik is a versatile, powerful forward who has valuable experience in our League and provides us with another option on offense. His addition to our roster will ensure that we have another proven MLS goal scorer to call upon when needed, especially during this particularly congested season.”

Hurtado most recently played for CF Montreal after joining the club in February 16 of this year, making seven appearances (two starts) while registering two goals and one assist. Before his time in Montreal, Hurtado played for Sporting Kansas City from 2019-2020, making 28 regular-season appearances (11 starts) while recording seven tallies.

The forward got his MLS start with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who selected him in the First Round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Hurtado spent six seasons in Vancouver from 2013-2018, making 105 regular-season appearances (47 starts) while netting 12 goals and providing 10 assists. During his time with Whitecaps FC, Hurtado helped the club win one Canadian Championship (2015) and three Cascadia Cups (2013, 2014, 2016).

Up next, the Black & Gold travel to face FC Cincinnati in the first “Hell Is Real” derby match of the season on Friday, July 9 [7:30 p.m. ET / Bally Sports Ohio, Bally Sports App (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan & (English) / (Spanish)].

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew acquires forward Erik Hurtado and the player’s associated budget charge via a trade with Club de Foot Montreal in exchange for $200,000 in 2021 General Allocation Money (GAM) on July 8, 2021.

Name: Erik Hurtado (her-TAH-doe)

Position: Forward

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 174

Born: November 15, 1990 in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon

Citizenship: United States

Acquired: Acquired by the Crew SC via a trade with Club de Foot Montreal on July 9, 2021

Previous Experience: Club de Foot Montreal (2021), Sporting Kansas City (2019-2020), Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2013-2018)

Columbus Crew is the first club in Major League Soccer. The Crew is operated by The Edwards Family and Haslam Sports Group. The Black & Gold are the 2020 MLS Cup Champions. The Club won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2021 campaign is the Columbus Crew’s 26th season in MLS as well as the Club’s final season at Historic Crew Stadium — the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States – and the Crew’s inaugural season at Field.

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