Columbus Crew sign new DP Cucho Hernandez from Watford

The Columbus Crew have a new Designated Player. 

The Eastern Conference team has signed Colombian forward Cucho Hernandez from English Championship side Watford through the 2025 Major League Soccer season. He arrives for a club-record $10m transfer fee, according to ESPN

Hernandez joins after Columbus traded USMNT striker Gyasi Zardes to the Colorado Rapids in April, opening a Designated Player spot on the roster. He now stands alongside Lucas Zelarayan and Darlington Nagbe as the team’s third and final DP. 

“Cucho is a world-class player who is still at an early stage of his career, and we could not be more excited to welcome him to the Columbus Crew,” club president and general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a release.

“Our goal was to sign a forward who would not only be an individual attacking threat, but who would make us more dangerous as a team. Cucho is a versatile attacker whose agility, mobility and unpredictability make him a constant threat for opponents as he has demonstrated while playing against top-level opponents in some of the best leagues in Europe.”

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