Columbus Crew Strengthens Squad with Acquisition of Derrick Jones in MLS Cup Title Defense Season

Versatility and Experience to Tackle Challenges
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Columbus Crew surprises once again by bolstering its roster with the acquisition of Derrick Jones, announced this Thursday. The player, hailing from Charlotte FC, has signed a contract until the 2025 season, with an option to extend until 2026. The move aims to strengthen the team's already victorious squad and ensure a solid defense of the title they have won.

Derrick Jones, a 26-year-old midfielder/defender, brings not only versatility on the field but also a valuable wealth of experience. With stints at other MLS teams, including Philadelphia Union, Houston Dynamo FC, Nashville SC, and Charlotte FC, Jones stands out as a versatile player capable of performing both as a midfielder and a central defender, adapting to the tactical system preferred by coach Wilfried Nancy, the 3-4-2-1.

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Columbus Crew President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko praised the signing, highlighting Jones as a natural competitor and emphasizing the importance of his experience and depth for the team. With 1 goal and 3 assists in 108 regular-season games, Jones presents himself not only as a technical reinforcement but also as a crucial veteran presence for the challenges ahead.

Derrick Jones
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In addition to domestic competitions, the Crew is gearing up to face the Concacaf Champions Cup, where Jones's international experience may prove to be a valuable differential. This strategic move comes at a crucial time, with the team preparing to begin the defense of the MLS Cup title on February 24, facing Atlanta United at 2:00 PM local time.

The acquisition of Derrick Jones not only strengthens the foundation of the Columbus Crew but also propels the team to confidently face the challenges that the 2024 season holds. The blend of youth, versatility, and experience positions the team in a privileged position to shine once again on both the national and international stages.