COLUMBUS – The Columbus Crew have acquired defender Rudy Camacho via trade with CF Montréal in exchange for $200,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money and $200,000 in 2024 General Allocation Money. The veteran French centerback will be added to the Crew roster through the 2023 season and will occupy an International Roster Slot.
“Rudy’s skillset and leadership provide a solid veteran presence to our backline, especially given his familiarity with Coach Nancy and our team’s desired style of play,” said President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “A high-caliber player and consistent starter for CF Montréal in recent years, he is another strong addition to our Club as we continue to improve the roster during the summer window.”
Camacho appeared in 128 career regular season games for CF Montréal (126 starts) from 2018-2023, scoring seven goals and adding one assist. CF Montréal’s 2021 Defensive Player of the Year, Camacho also tied a club record for goals scored by a defender in a single season with three in 2021.
Hailing from L'Arbresle, France, Camacho made his professional debut with AS Nancy’s reserve team, appearing in 52 games from 2010-2012. He them moved to AS Lyon-Duchère, featuring in 51 regular season matches and one Coupe de France game from 2012-2014.
In 2014, Camacho joined CS Sedan Ardennes and helped the club earn promotion to the French third division following the 2014-2015 season. From 2015-2016, he served as the team captain while making 29 appearances.
Camacho made the move to Belgian club Waasland-Beveren, where he started a total of 56 games in two seasons in the Jupiler Pro League from 2016-2018. He contributed in eight playoff matches and five Belgian Cup games.
TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew acquire defender Rudy Camacho from CF Montreal on July 31, 2023, in exchange for $200,000 of 2023 General Allocation Money and $200,000 of 2024 General Allocation Money.
Name: Rudy Camacho
Born: March 5, 1991 in L'Arbresle, France
Acquired: Via trade with CF Montreal on July 31, 2023
Previous Experience: CF Montreal (2018-23), Waasland-Beveren (2016-18), CS Sedan (2014-16), Lyon La Duchère (2012-14), Nancy (2008-12)
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