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Sergio Herrera; Newest Crew Forward

February 6, 2010

The Crew landed one of their top priorities of the offseason today as they landed Colombian forward Sergio Herrera. He arrives on a free transfer from Colombian side Deportivo Cali and enters a crowded forward situation with four other signed players vying for playing time.

I know only what I have read about Herrera; with Bliss saying:

"He’s doesn’t have the speed of Jeff Cunningham when Jeff was 28 or 29, but he’s not Conor Casey, either. He’s got an ability to get separation in the box, some good soccer sense and positioning, and he is clean when he strikes a ball.

And looking a bit at his YouTube highlights:

It seems as if he is a bit of a “fox in the box” poaching forward. He may be the replacement for Alejandro Moreno, but they appear to be different types of players. Moreno was the linking target man. Herrera seems to be a true goal scorer. He might actually be a better fit to be paired with Schelotto. Schelotto is a craft vet that can find a player in goal scoring position. Herrera gets into goal scoring position with 33 goals in 93 games with Cali.

As promising as this signing is, I still have some reservations. Herrera has some injury issues, suffering a major injury in 2007. Cali had enough injury concerns not to resign him. Additionally, there is always concerns about how a player settles when he moves away from his home country. The Crew does have plenty of Spanish speakers, but only the recently arrived Emilio Renteria is from northern South America.

Overall, the deal is a shrewd one. The announced terms are for one year and three club options years after that. He is a veteran forward who has played for his national team. This isn’t a signing with upside. This is a signing that is expected to make a difference this year. Overall a good piece of business by Bliss, Warzycha, and the front office to add a veteran striker to an already strong team without breaking the budget.

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