Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Crew have declined a 2014
contract option for Costa Rican forward Jairo Arrieta and five other players,
the club announced on Friday.
Arrieta, 30, joined the Crew in 2012 and scored 12 goals in 41 regular-season
appearances over two years with the side. He scored nine goals and added four
assists in just 18 appearances during his first year in the league in 2012,
but his numbers trailed off in 2013, finishing with just three goals and four
assists as the Crew missed the postseason for the second consecutive year.
He also made 13 appearances for the Costa Rican national team since 2011 and
played in one of the team's 10 World Cup qualifying matches in 2013 and four
in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer.
In addition to Arrieta, Columbus also declined options on defenders Drew
Beckie, Glauber and Kyle Hyland, defender/midfielder Danny O'Rourke and
midfielder Konrad Warzycha.
O'Rourke, 30, joined the Crew in 2007 and appeared in 147 regular-season games
with the club before he was let go. He started and played 90 minutes in each
of the team's four postseason games in 2008, including a 3-1 win over the New
York Red Bulls in MLS Cup.
"The process of building our 2014 roster is now underway," said Crew Sporting
Director and head coach Gregg Berhalter. "Unfortunately, as part of that
process difficult decisions are required. While we've declined options on
certain players, we will continue conversations with those individuals to
potentially return to the club next season. We look forward to shaping the
team in the weeks ahead of preseason training camp."
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