COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC announced a big-money signing with the arrival of 20-year-old winger Luis Diaz via a transfer from Club Sport Herediano of Costa Rica’s First Division. Diaz was named the Best Under-21 Player in the Torneo Clausura last season and will be eligible for Columbus once the transfer window officially opens on July 9.
“Luis is a young, dynamic player who is already making a name for himself despite his young age and we are excited to welcome him to Crew SC,” Crew SC president Tim Bezbatchenko said. “As one of the most promising talents in Costa Rica, we know he will continue to develop at our club and we believe his skillset will allow him to be successful in MLS. The addition of Luis strengthens our team as we continue to build our roster.”
According to a report from the Columbus Dispatch, the Crew paid a transfer fee of $1M to bring in Diaz, the largest amount spent under the team’s new ownership, and could be a sign that Columbus is looking to spend more than previous owners.
The signing also means that the Crew are at their maximum amount of international players. To sign any other international players, the team will need to acquire an unused slot from another MLS team, have a current international player get a green card, or transfer a current international player.