CF Montreal Commerce Ahead who refused to be vaccinated
CF Montreal acted on Thursday forward Erik Hurtado to the Columbus Crew, citing his refusal to receive the Covid-19 vaccine as the reason for his departure.
Montreal received $ 200,000 in general grant money for Hurtado.
“Because he was not vaccinated against Covid-19, his situation was problematic and we considered swapping when we received confirmation that the team could return to Montreal,” said Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard in a press release.
“Before moving on, Erik also confirmed that he was uncomfortable taking the vaccine, so we struck this deal which we thought was very satisfactory.”
Hurtado, 30, played in seven games (two starts) for Montreal and scored one assist. In February he joined the team as a free agent.
This is his ninth MLS season, spending six years with the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2013-18 and the last two years with Sporting Kansas City. He has scored 19 goals and 11 assists in 140 career games.
“Erik is a versatile striker who has valuable experience in our league and gives us another option to attack,” Columbus President and General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. “His addition to our roster will ensure we have another proven MLS goalscorer to fall back on when we need to.”