Columbus Crew SC bolstered its already potent attack Tuesday, trading a second-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft to the Montreal Impact in exchange for forward Jack McInerney.
McInerney joins an attack force that includes MLS leading scorer Kei Kamara (15) and leading assist man Ethan Finlay (12) in addition to Designated Player Federico Higuain. McInerney, who turns 23 on Wednesday, has scored four goals in 17 league appearances this season with Montreal. He joined the Impact in a 2014 mid-season trade with the Philadelphia Union, where he played since being drafted seventh overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft.
In all, McInerney has 36 goals in 138 career MLS games.
“We believe Jack McInerney is going to make an immediate impression on the club and feel that his qualities will help him assimilate easily into our system,” Crew SC sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter said in a team statement. “He's a young player that possesses great timing with his movements and has a talent for scoring goals. His track record so far in this League has been outstanding, and we look forward to him contributing on the field for us.”
He'll join a team that has scored 36 times in 23 games, good for most in the Eastern Conference. Columbus sits third in the east behind D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls.
McInerney was on the 2013 U.S. Gold Cup squad, but he did not appear for Jurgen Klinsmann and was replaced ahead of the knockout stage.
For Montreal, the deal is another in the re-tooling of its attack after the club signed Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.