The Columbus Crew announced Monday that the team has acquired midfielder Brian Carroll from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for forward Kei Kamara. Carroll appeared in 121 games over five seasons with D.C. before being selected by San Jose in last week's MLS expansion draft.
"We are excited to acquire someone of Brian Carroll's ability and experience," said head coach Sigi Schmid. "He is someone who has been a part of an MLS championship and he will help bring that mentality to our team. At the same time, we thank Kei for his efforts on behalf of the Crew and wish him the best of luck in San Jose."
Carroll, a 26-year-old native of Springfield, Va., was originally selected by D.C. United in the second round (No. 11 overall) of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft out of Wake Forest University. In 2007, he saw action in 28 games (19 starts) and collected a career-high four assists. Carroll also has earned six caps for the U.S. national team.
Kamara, a native of Sierra Leone who played collegiately at Cal State Dominguez Hills, scored five goals in 36 games for the Crew after being selected by Columbus in the first round (No. 9 Overall) of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft.