Columbus Crew SC accomplished the signing of defender Milton Valenzuela as a younger designated participant on Friday.
Valenzuela, 19, involves MLS on an preliminary mortgage from Argentine membership Newell’s Previous Boys, and the membership may have the choice to purchase him completely on the finish of the season.
The left-back joined Newell’s Previous Boys’ academy at 14 and earned a spot on the primary workforce in July 2016. He began seven league video games for the membership this season.
Valenzuel has performed 10 instances for Argentina’s under-20 workforce, together with two begins ultimately 12 months’s Beneath-20 World Cup.
“Milton is a gifted, younger participant who has a excessive pedigree at each the skilled and youth worldwide stage,” Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter stated in an announcement.
“His skillset has allowed him to achieve important expertise enjoying in one of many continent’s best leagues whereas that includes prominently for Argentina’s Beneath-20 Nationwide Crew.
“Milton has the character and dedication to reach MLS and we’re excited to welcome him to Columbus Crew SC, the place we anticipate him to make a right away impression.”
Valenzuela will be part of Federico Higuain and Pedro Santos as Columbus’ three allotted designated gamers. Jonathan Mensah’s DP contract, which paid him $844,000 final season, might be purchased down with focused allocation cash.
Valenzuela arrives as a substitute at left-back for Jukka Raitala, who departed within the MLS enlargement draft earlier than becoming a member of the Montreal Impression.
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