COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Crew SC captain and homegrown player Wil Trapp has been traded to Inter Miami FC, sources confirmed to Pro Soccer USA.
Columbus will receive $100,000 of allocation money, which could rise to $300,000 if certain incentives are met. The Crew will also receive an international roster spot.
Trapp was a mainstay in the Columbus midfield following his debut in 2013. He leaves the Crew, as first reported by the Athletic, seventh in games played for the club and first in games played by a homegrown product. Trapp is also among the top three homegrown players for most minutes played in Major League Soccer.
“First and foremost, we want to thank Wil for his seven years of contributions on and off the field while a member of the First Team of Crew SC,” said Crew SC President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “This was certainly a difficult decision to make, but headed into the final year of Wil’s contract, we were presented with an opportunity that we felt would mutually benefit both the Club and the player.”
Trapp has received multiple call-ups to the United States men’s national team under manager Gregg Berhalter, the former Crew boss.
However, his playing time for the Crew came into question this offseason with the new additions of Darlington Nagbe and Aidan Morris, plus added pressure from teammate Artur.
There was an odd man out when it came to minutes. Trapp was not featured in the starting lineups of the club’s first two preseason games.
In August of 2018, Columbus turned down a $1.25 million bid for Trapp from the Blackburn Rovers. According to reports at the time, the deal was nixed because the Crew had a valuation of $3 million on Trapp. With new owners and a new coach, the valuation of Trapp fell despite his increased playing time with the national team.
Columbus will continue their preseason in Cancun, Mexico before traveling to Tucson, Arizona on Feb. 10 to participate in the 2020 Visit Tucson Sun Cup, which will take place Feb. 15-22.