Crew sign former Galaxy midfielder Birchall

Crew sign former Galaxy midfielder Birchall

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Crew sign former Galaxy midfielder Birchall

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The Columbus Crew have been struggling in a variety of areas, one of which is the team's lack of a proven defensive midfielder. The team addressed that need on Monday with the signing of MLS veteran Chris Birchall.

The Crew announced the signing of Birchall on Monday, an addition that should bolster a midfield that has seen rookie Kirk Urso and Tony Tchani among the players who have tried to man the defensive midfield position.

Birchall was a member of the MLS Cup winning 2011 Los Angeles Galaxy side, but was not re-signed as the Galaxy chose to sign Brazilian Marcelo Sarvas along with re-signing Juninho.

The English-born midfielder and former Trinidad & Tobago international turned 28 on Saturday. To make room for him on the roster, the Crew played goalkeeper Wil Hesmer on the season-ending disabled list. Hesmer was already set to miss five more months after hip surgery.

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