Columbus Adds Striking Depth

Columbus Adds Striking Depth

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 19, 2009

One thing I will say about this new signing for the Columbus Crew is it is about time they made some moves. While they are doing well on the field and I am a big believer in the “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality, I just felt they needed to add some depth for the big run of games they have coming up here.

Anyways, today the Columbus Crew announced that it has signed Venezuelan forward Emilio Renteria, who will be added to the club’s roster upon approval of his P-1 visa work permit.

Renteria has represented the Venezuelan National Team at the Under-17, U-20, U-23 and Senior levels, totaling 19 total goals at the youth levels and three goals with the senior team in friendly matches.

The 24-year old striker comes on a discovery claim by the Crew. He was most recently with Caracas FC of the Venezuelan top flight where he tallied 16 goals in a two year span. He also helped get Caracas to the quarterfinals of the 2009 Copa Libertadores, the best run in that club’s history.

While I honestly know little about Renteria I do think it is about time the Crew have added some depth to their attack. I’ve been a big Alejandro Moreno fan but I know he is getting older and adding a quality young striker like this could set them up well in the CONCACAF Champions League.