COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Crew announced today that they have acquired goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for $75,000 in general allocation money. The total amount could rise to $100,000 if incentives are met.
“Andrew is a talented goalkeeper with proven experience in our league,” Crew SC president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “He is someone who will push our goalkeeping group, as well as help us strengthen our roster. We are excited to welcome Andrew to Columbus Crew SC and look forward to working with him.”
Tarbell did not make any appearances in league play in 2019. He made 29 starts in 2018 and allowed 60 goals, second most in the league behind David Bingham’s 64. However, Bingham played in 34 games.
The move brings the number of ‘keepers on the Crew roster to four. Given Tarbell’s hefty salary of $235,000, it seems unlikely that Columbus would bring him in without an overall plan. A report on Twitter stated Matt Lampson may have suffered an injury, prompting the move. Eloy Room is the No. 1 goalkeeper with Jon Kempin also in reserves.
Tarbell has already joined the team for preseason action as Columbus prepares for their MLS opener on March 1 against New York City FC.