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USA’s Aidan Morris transfers to Middlesbrough from Columbus Crew

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The Columbus Crew accomplished the switch of United States worldwide midfielder Aidan Morris to Middlesbrough of the English Championship Friday.

He joins the English second-tier facet for a reported $4 million switch charge plus a share of any future sell-on charges.

Morris, 22, recorded two objectives and 6 assists in 16 matches (15 begins) this season.

The 2-time MLS Cup champion and 2023 All-Star has six objectives and 14 assists in 83 MLS matches (67 begins) since making his debut with the Crew in 2020. He joined the Crew academy in 2017 and performed school soccer for Indiana in 2019 after which signed with the Crew for the 2020 season.

“Watching Aidan’s development as a participant and individual throughout his time on the Crew has been a real privilege, and we vastly admire his dedication to the membership and our metropolis,” mentioned Crew common supervisor Issa Tall.

“Aidan has at all times been targeted on studying and bettering, and he is an distinctive function mannequin for our academy gamers. We’re pleased with what Aidan completed individually and with our membership as he made a big influence within the Crew’s historical past.

“He at all times aspired to play in Europe and earned the chance, and we stay up for him additional displaying his kind and character as he joins Middlesbrough.”

Internationally, Morris has earned 5 caps with the USMNT and will function at this summer season’s Paris Olympics.

“I am simply so blessed. … My coronary heart is Black & Gold. It has been a tremendous experience,” Morris shared after the Crew’s 4-0 victory towards Sporting Kansas Metropolis final weekend. “Apart from all of the MLS Cups, I’ve created superb relationships right here with superb individuals, and that goes much more of a approach than profitable.”

Data from Discipline Stage Media and The Related Press contributed to this report.