Columbus Crew assure Rogers he is not up for trade

After just one game of the 2011 MLS season, Columbus Crew have already been linked with a potential trade.

After just one game of the 2011 MLS season, Columbus Crew have already been linked with a potential trade.

23-year old midfielder Robbie Rogers indicated that he did not believe he had a future at Crew after starting the clash with DC United on the bench with the coaching staff preferring sophomore player Dilly Duka.

Rogers came on in the 66th minute before scoring from the penalty spot in the 3-1 loss and Crew technical director Brian Bliss has made it clear that the USA international would not be put up for trade.

“If there’s a trade, it’s not his choice where he goes,” he said. “It’s whatever the best deal is for the club. Right now there is no deal, and as I said before to the one or two teams that did inquire, ‘We weren’t necessarily shopping the player around, but your offer better be pretty good.’

“It’s like any player,” he added. “If somebody would call for Will Hesmer or Chad Marshall, yeah, it’s highly unlikely we would ever do a deal, but you always listen. There’s a difference between actively looking or fielding an offer. We’ve been fielding offers for Robbie and half our roster since the end of last season.”

And Crew coach Robert Warzycha echoed Bliss’ sentiments.

“I am not pursuing it,” he said. “He has one more year on his contract and I would love for him to stay in Columbus. I would love for him to try hard and if nothing’s positive, go from there.”

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