Columbus Crew Finalizing Trade with St. Louis City for Midfielder Aziel Jackson

The Columbus Crew are in the final stages of completing a trade to bring 22-year-old attacking midfielder Aziel Jackson to Columbus from St. Louis City. Here’s what you need to know about the the newest Crew player.

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Homegrown Origins: Jackson originally signed a homegrown player contract with Major League Soccer club Minnesota United FC in 2021, after the Loons acquired his rights from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft.

St. Louis City: Jackson joined St. Louis City for a reported transfer fee of $150,000 in GAM. He appeared in 25 regulat season matches for St. Louis tallying 1 goal and 4 assists in 2023. This season he has made 16 appearances and recorded just 1 assist.

International Debut: Jackson made his international debut with the United States senior national team in a friendly against Slovenia earlier this year.

Role in the Team:

Attacking Midfielder: While there is speculation he could be slotted in as a DM after the announced departure of Aidan Morris, Jackson's profile doesn't quite fit the bill.

Known for his creativity and vision, Jackson will bolster the Crew’s attack. His ability to link up play and contribute offensively will be crucial for the team.

Jackson has made 16 appearances this season across MLS and CONCACAF Champions Cup competition tallying just 1 assist. While his goal contributions may not be what Crew fans would like to see, he is completing 83.6% of his passes this season. It's likely the 22 year old could be a value-add depth depending on the transfer fee. Jackson is currently valued at $2.0M per Transfermarkt.