Columbus Crew, the current champion of Major League Soccer (MLS), has announced a significant addition to its roster, solidifying its defense with the signing of goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen. At 27 years old, the goalkeeper, who recently played in the Israeli Premier League, has inked a contract extending until the 2026 season, bringing with him a wealth of international experience.
For Crew President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko, Hagen's arrival is strategic, providing depth and competition in the crucial goalkeeper position. In an official statement, Bezbatchenko emphasized Hagen's solid experience abroad, both in the Israeli league and his contributions to the Guatemala National Team.
Hagen, who enjoyed successful stints with clubs like Bnei Sakhnin FC in Israel, FK Sabail in the Azerbaijani Premier League, and Hamarkameratene in Norway, began his professional career in his native Guatemala, winning significant titles with CSD Municipal.
The signing aims to fortify the team's defensive sector, led by Patrick Schulte as the starter and Evan Bush as the backup. Amidst the pursuit of a back-to-back MLS championship, Columbus Crew recognizes the importance of having a robust roster in the face of a season promising intense challenges.
With 55 clean sheets in 132 matches across all competitions for CSD Municipal, Hagen brings not only technical skill but also a winning mentality. Furthermore, his presence enhances the team's internationalization, contributing to the diversity and richness of experiences within the Columbus Crew.
The addition of Nicholas Hagen to the team creates anticipation among fans, eager to see the Guatemalan goalkeeper in action, defending the colors of Columbus Crew in the quest for more achievements and glory.