COLUMBUS– Columbus Crew today announced that it has acquired up to $350,000 in allocation money from Houston Dynamo FC in exchange for midfielder Artur, who spent six seasons in Columbus. The Crew will receive a guaranteed $200,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2023, a guaranteed $100,000 in GAM in 2024, and up to $50,000 in conditional GAM if certain performance incentives are met.
“I would like to thank Artur for his contributions to the Crew and the Columbus community over the past six seasons and he will always be a part of our Club’s history and our recent accomplishments, which include raising two trophies,” said Columbus Crew President & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “We believe this move will give us valuable flexibility as we build our roster for the 2023 season and beyond.”
Artur initially joined the Crew on loan from Sao Paulo FC prior to the start of the 2017 season and was permanently transferred to the Black & Gold at the end of the year, after notching three assists in 24 league appearances. In all, Artur appeared in a total of 138 regular-season matches (124 starts), scoring two goals and adding nine assists over the course of his six campaigns with the Crew.
The Brazilian midfielder started all ten of the postseason matches in which he appeared. He scored the game-winner in the Crew’s 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution in the 2020 Eastern Conference Final, spurring the team into the final where the Crew captured the 2020 MLS Cup with a 3-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC.
TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew acquires up to $350,000 in General Allocation Money from Houston Dynamo FC in exchange for midfielder Artur. The Crew will receive a guaranteed $200,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2023, a guaranteed $100,000 in GAM in 2024, and up to $50,000 in conditional GAM. The transaction was announced on November 22, 2022.
ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW
Columbus Crew is the first club in Major League Soccer. The Crew is operated byHaslam Sports Group and The Edwards Family. The Black & Gold are the 2021 Campeones Cup winners. The Club has won two MLS Cup championships in 2008 and 2020, one Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2002, as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2022 campaign was the Crew’s 27thseason in MLS as well as the Club’s first full season at Lower.com Field.