COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew today announced that it has loaned midfielder Alexandru Matan to FC Rapid București for the remainder of 2022. The Romanian Liga I side will have the option to permanently transfer Matan at the end of the loan period, which is set to expire on Dec. 31.

“Alex is a young player who needs consistent minutes on the field in order to continue his development, “ said Crew President & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “This loan will give him the best opportunity to achieve that objective. We look forward to monitoring Alex’s progress during this loan over the coming months.”

The 22-year-old has appeared in 34 MLS matches since signing with the Black & Gold on March 8, 2021.

Prior to joining the Crew, Matan made 56 appearances in Romania’s Liga 1 and helped Viitorul Constanta win the 2018-2019 Cupa Romaniei – Romania’s domestic cup. Matan spent part of the 2019-20 season on loan with FC Voluntari – also of Romania’s First Division – where he made 26 appearances while netting one goal and notching two assists across all competitions.

Next up, the Crew travels to face the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, Aug. 13 [9 p.m. ET / Bally Sports Great Lakes, Bally Sports App (Stream) / 97.1 The Fan, link-placeholder-0; ColumbusCrew.com (Spanish)].

TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew loans midfielder Alexandru Matan to Romanian Liga I side FC Rapid Bucuresti on Aug. 9, 2022. Rapid will have the option to permanently transfer Matan at the end of the loan period, which is set to expire on Dec. 31.

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