O emblema canadiano qualificou-se na quarta-feira para a final da Liga profissional norte-americana de futebol (MLS), ao vencer em casa o Columbus Crew por 1-0, na segunda mão da final da Conferência Este
Um golo de Jozy Altidore, aos 60 minutos, a completar uma jogada entre o italiano Sebastian Giovinco e o espanhol Victor Vásquez, selou o apuramento do conjunto canadiano, que, no primeiro jogo, tinha empatado fora a zero.
Perante 30.392 espetadores, no BMO Field, o conjunto de Toronto repete a presença na final de 2016, perdida no desempate por penáltis para os Seattle Sounders, que estão em vantagem na outra meia-final, depois de terem batido fora o Houston Dynamo por 2-0.
Columbus Crew SC bolstered their goalkeeping unit for the 2018 season, announcing on Wednesday they have acquired Jon Kempin from the LA Galaxy in exchange for a fourth-round 2018 MLS SuperDraft pick.
Kempin, 24, spent the 2017 season with the Galaxy after beginning his career as a Homegrown signing of Sporting KC, starting seven games in MLS regular season play, making 27 saves and posting two shutouts. His season highlight came in a game against Columbus at MAPFRE Stadium in August, when he made two penalty kick saves in the same game, becoming just the fifth player in MLS history to accomplish that feat.
“Jon is a promising young goalkeeper with proven experience in the League and US Youth National Teams,” said Crew SC sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter in a team statement. “He has a good reputation for his work ethic, competitiveness and contributions in the locker room. We are happy to welcome Jon to Columbus and continue his development.”
Kempin will presumably serve as the backup to another young goalkeeper, Zack Steffen, who took on the mantle as Crew SC starter in 2017.
It turns out the two clubs have made a trade, but not for the aforementioned players. At least, not yet.
On Wednesday, Columbus acquired goalkeeper Jon Kempin from the Galaxy in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
At 24 years of age, Kempin is still young in goalkeeper years, but has been around the league for a few years. He spent last season in Los Angeles, where he started seven games with two shutouts and a 1.86 goals against average.
Prior to his stint with the Galaxy, Kempin spent the start of his career with Sporting Kansas City, where he was a Homegrown product. He played four games — with three starts — in 2014 and had three starts in 2015. He did not appear in 2016.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Kempin made appearances for the United States at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels, and was also called in to the 2015 senior team January camp under Jurgen Klinsmann.
Columbus has lacked experienced depth in goal the past couple of seasons, and Kempin provides a slight upgrade in that department behind starter Zack Steffen.