The team from Columbus, Ohio takes the 5th place of the Eastern Conference at the Moment and in this case would be qualified for the MLS Play-offs.
He signed a 3 ½ year deal with the MLS until the end of the 2017 Season (optional).
At the Crew Emanuel Pogatetz will be handed the Number 5 Shirt and he will replace Costa-Rican Defender Giancarlo Gonzalez at the heart of defence, who completed his move to Seria A side US Palermo for a transfer fee of around 5 Million Dollars at the end of August.
The transfer has been made officially public today in an exclusive story in the biggest US-Sportsmagazin “ Sports Illustrated”.
Emanuel Pogatetz should join the squad within the next couple of days, and will then also be officially presented to the media and fans by his new club. At the Moment he is still waiting for his work-visa, which will allow him and his wife to come to the USA. This should take no longer than a few days. After one year he will then have the opportunity to apply for a green-card, which will allow him and his family to stay permanently in the USA.
Soon you will be able to find a calendar with all the relevant dates and fixtures on The Official Emanuel Pogatetz Site and not later than one day after a game of the Columbus Crew you will also be able to find a detailed match report within the news section of the Website.
Of course Emanuel Pogatetz will write about his first impressions in the USA and the Columbus Crew on his personal Blog. There you will also be able to find the first personal statement of Emanuel Pogatetz regarding his move very soon.