Crew decline option on Arrieta, five others
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."
11/22 15:05:09 ET