COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Crew announced today the signing of Chilean attacking midfielder Sebastian Rozental.
The deal is pending approval of his work permit. Per team and league policy, no terms of the deal were disclosed. Rozental, 29, will be classified as a Senior International.
"This is a good opportunity for me," said Rozental. "I had the chance to come to MLS a couple of years ago and didn't, but now is the right time. The Crew is a good organization with some good players. I know the team didn't make the playoffs last year but hopefully I can come in and help the team achieve its goals."
Rozental was reared in the Universidad de Catolica youth system and has played 35 times with the Chilean national team. the 5-10 Santiago, Chile native can play attacking midfielder or forward.
"Sebastian is a very attractive player," said Schmid. "He has a huge pedigree in soccer and he has a strong desire to play in the States. He has the potential to be an impact player in this league."
His professional experience includes stints with Chilean First Division sides Universidad de Catolica (1992-1996 and 2005), Colo Colo (2001), and Union Espanola (2003-04), as well Scottish First Division power Rangers (1996-2000), Swiss First Division team Grasshopper Zurich (2003-04) and Argentine First Division club Independiente (2001).
"Sebastian Rozental is a smart and creative soccer player with tremendous instincts," said Crew General Manager Mark McCullers. "He is going to make us a much better team in the offensive third of the field. In Rozental and Gonzalez, we've accomplished two quality international singings with our allocation assets still intact and available for other opportunities."