Columbus Crew takes another ambitious step by announcing the signing of talented Colombian midfielder Marino Hinestroza from Pachuca as part of the U22 initiative. At just 21 years old, Hinestroza arrives with the mission to make his mark in Major League Soccer (MLS) and further strengthen the roster of the reigning MLS Cup champions.
The signing, announced last Friday, underscores Columbus Crew's ambitious strategy of investing in promising young talent. The team's President and General Manager, Tim Bezbatchenko, highlights Hinestroza's impressive performance with Pachuca in the last year, expressing excitement about contributing to the player's development within the club.
Hinestroza, known for his versatility and technical skills, promises to add depth to the squad, filling a crucial international slot. His ability to play various roles on the field, including posing a threat to opponents in one-on-one situations, makes him a valuable addition to Columbus Crew's playing style.
The young midfielder began his professional career in Colombia with Orsomarso SC in the 2018-19 season before joining CD América de Cali's U-20 team in the following season. A two-year stint with Palmeiras' U-20 team in the Brazilian CBF Brasileiro U-20 league solidified his international experience before shining at Pachuca.
Hinestroza's arrival follows the recent signings of midfielder/defender Derrick Jones and Guatemalan international goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen, both through free agency. This series of moves emphasizes Columbus Crew's determination to strengthen its roster as it prepares to face various competitions in 2024, including the Concacaf Champions Cup.