COLUMBUS — Columbus Crew SC today announced that the Club has signed goalkeeper Eric Dick after selecting him in Stage Two of the 2020 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft. The 26-year-old was most recently a member of Sporting Kansas City.
“We are pleased to welcome Eric to Columbus,” said Crew SC President & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “After earning beneficial USL Championship experience over the last few years, we look forward to working with him to continue his development as a goalkeeper.”
Selected in the First Round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by Sporting Kansas City, Dick was with the club from 2018-2020, featuring for Swope Park Rangers in 2018-2019, while also spending time on loan with USL Championship sides FC Tulsa (2019) and Phoenix Rising (2020).
At the collegiate level, Dick played for Butler University in Indianapolis from 2014-2017, making 71 appearances (all starts). During his tenure with Butler University, the goalkeeper helped the Butler Bulldogs win the 2016 Big East Conference Championship while also being named the 2016 Big East Most Outstanding Defensive Player and the 2017 Big East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year.
The core of Crew SC’s 2020 MLS Cup-winning roster is set to return for the 2021 season. Crew SC exercised the contract options on eight players from its 2020 roster. With 16 other players already under contract for the 2021 season, the addition of Dick gives the Black & Gold a roster that currently features 25 players.
Crew SC's current 2021 roster, listed alphabetically by position, is below:
Goalkeepers (4): Evan Bush, Eric Dick, Matt Lampson, Eloy Room
Defenders (9): Harrison Afful, Chris Cadden, Waylon Francis, Aboubacar Keita, Grant Lillard, Jonathan Mensah, Milton Valenzuela, Josh Williams, Vito Wormgoor
Midfielders (9): Artur, Sebastian Berhalter, Luis Diaz, Derrick Etienne, Jr., Aidan Morris, Kevin Molino, Darlington Nagbe, Pedro Santos, Lucas Zelarayan
Forwards (3): Miguel Berry, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Gyasi Zardes
TRANSACTION: Columbus Crew SC signs goalkeeper Eric Dick on January 8, 2021 after having selected him in Stage Two of the 2020 MLS Re-Entry Draft.
Name: Eric Dick
Born: October 8, 1994 in Roeland Park, Kansas
Hometown: Carmel, Indiana
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Signed on January 8, 2021 after being selected in Stage Two of the 2020 MLS Re-Entry Draft.
Previous Experience: Sporting Kansas City (2018-2020)