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Columbus crew, The current MLS champion has taken a key step to strengthen its squad for the 2024 season by signing the goalkeeperNicholas Hagen. With an initial contract for next season and extension options until 2026, the Guatemalan goalkeeper arrives as a free agent after his outstanding performance with the Bnei Sakhnin FC in the Israeli Premier League.
At 27 years old, Hagen He brings valuable international experience, standing out both in foreign competitions and with the Guatemalan national team. The addition of him to the Columbus Crew ranks adds depth and quality to an already solid group of goalkeepers. Columbus Crew President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko expressed his excitement: “Nicholas has solid experience from his time abroad and with the Guatemala National Team, which adds depth to our already strong goalkeeping group.”
Hagen is here 🧤
The Crew have signed goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen to a contract for the 2024 season with option years through 2026.#Crew96 | #VamosColumbushttps://t.co/f1dybihxNv
— The Crew (@ColumbusCrew) December 21, 2023
Hagen remains abroad
With the goal of defending the MLS title, the Columbus Crew recognizes the importance of strengthening its squad, especially considering the increase in the number of games scheduled for next season in various competitions. Hagen, with his skill between the three sticks, presents himself as a strategic addition to face the challenges ahead.
Hagen’s contract, as announced by the club, initially covers one season, but with the possibility of extending until 2026. This move reminds Crew fans of the presence of other Guatemalan notables on the team in the past: Fredy García and Rodrigo Saravia are the most recent examples.