The Columbus Crew signed goalkeeper Brady Scott and defenders Jalil Anibaba and Jake Morris for the 2022 MLS season on Friday.
The Crew selected Scott fourth overall in Stage 2 of the 2021 MLS Re-Entry Draft, and his deal includes options for 2023 and 2024.
"We are pleased to welcome Brady to Columbus," said Columbus president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. "He gained valuable experience during his time in Germany, with the U.S. Youth National Team and within MLS, and we look forward to integrating him into to our goalkeeping corps."
Scott, 22, signed with Nashville SC in August 2020 but did not appear in any matches prior to being taken by Austin FC in the 2020 MLS Expansion Draft in December of that year. He appeared in seven matches while on loan to the USL's Memphis 901 FC during the 2021 season.
Scott began his professional career with German's FC Koln in July 2017. He recorded five shutouts in 29 matches for FC Koln II and two shutouts in three matches for FC Koln's Under-19 team. During the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship, Scott posted three shutouts and allowed just two goals in six matches.
Anibaba, 33, has scored seven goals while registering 14 assists in 240 regular-season MLS matches. His contract includes an option for 2023 as well.
Anibaba spent the past two seasons with Nashville SC, appearing in 21 regular-season matches.
"Jalil is a veteran player with more than a decade of experience in MLS, and his addition to our roster will help bolster the backline," Bezbatchenko said. "Jalil is a leader on and off the field, and we're pleased that a player with the breadth of his experience in MLS chose to sign with the Crew, and we look forward to having him join our team."
Morris was acquired from the Seattle Sounders FC as a Homegrown Priority in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money. The 22-year-old scored seven goals with nine assists in 28 appearances for Campbell University over the past two years.
"Jake is a young player whose addition to our roster will help increase the depth of our backline," Bezbatchenko said. "We look forward to incorporating him into our squad and working with him as he continues his professional development."
--Field Level Media