Columbus Crew Sign First Home Grown Player, Aaron Horton

Columbus Crew Sign First Home Grown Player, Aaron Horton

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 17, 2011
  • Aaron Horton, Home Grown Players

You can now mark the Columbus Crew off the short list of clubs that have yet to sign a Home Grown Player. The Crew announced Tuesday that they have signed forward Aaron Horton to a multi-year deal.

“We are excited to welcome Aaron to our first team,” said Crew head coach Robert Warzycha. “He is a very promising young player, who holds the ball well and has the speed to get behind defenses. He is a competitor and we look forward to accelerating his development in a professional environment.”

The 19-year old Horton spent a season at the University of Louisville after developing his trade at the Crew Soccer Academy. He appeared in 23 games, scored three goals and added two assists. Two of the goals were game-winners.

Good for the Crew to land one of their own here. I recall watching Horton a couple times last year and wondered when he’d make the jump to the Crew. He is young and has a solid nose for goal.

With this move there are only a couple MLS teams that have yet to sign a HGP. Portland, Seattle, and San Jose round out the group that have yet to sign one. Word on the street is that the Sounders are fairly close to signing one of their own before long too.