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Former ETSU striker signs MLS contract to play for Columbus

Staff Reports • Mar 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Former East Tennessee State soccer star Aaron Schoenfeld is getting a second chance in Major League Soccer.

After being drafted by the Montreal Impact in the Supplemental Draft in January, Schoenfeld was let go after training camp without being offered a contract. On Friday, he became the first Buccaneer to sign an MLS contract by inking with the league’s Columbus Crew.

“I could not be more excited for Aaron,” said ETSU men’s soccer head coach Scott Calabrese, who coached Schoenfeld through all four of his years with ETSU. “This is a great opportunity for him.”

The Crew acquired Schoenfeld’s rights from Montreal in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. The club also sent defender Rich Balchan to the disabled list in order to make room for theKnoxville native.

“It’s great to get this chance to play with the Columbus Crew,” Schoenfeld said. “Not many people get a second chance in this league and I feel extremely fortunate to have found such a good fit with Columbus.”

Schoenfeld joined the Crew as a trialist a little over two weeks ago, playing his way through friendlies and camps to earn a spot on the roster.

“Aaron is a young talented forward with a lot of potential,” Crew coach Robert Warzycha said. “He has a good touch and a good nose for the goal. He showed us that nothing is going to distract him from achieving his goals.”

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