By FRANCO PANIZO
The Columbus Crew is set to strengthen its attacking options, as the club is expected to sign Peruvian forward Andres Mendoza.
Mendoza, 32, will sign with the club after impressing during his trial, which began on Monday. The former Peruvian international has previously played for clubs such as Club Brugge, Monarcas Morelia and Olympique Marseille.
Mendoza was one of the players suspended from Peru's national team in 2007 for bringing women and alcohol to the team hotel just two days before a 5-1 World Cup qualifier defeat to Ecuador.
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What do you think of Columbus' acquisition of Mendoza? How do you see Robles faring with Karlsruhe? Think Bielsa will last the entire World Cup cycle with Chile? Will you miss Robben's theatrics over the next two months?
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