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By ESPN Staff
Apr 28, 2006

Columbus acquires Ezra Hendrickson from Chivas USA

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Crew announced today that it has acquired veteran defender Ezra Hendrickson from Chivas USA in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.

To make room for Hendrickson on the roster, The Crew waived defender Joel Kitamirike. Hendrickson became a U.S. citizen in 1996.

"I am happy to be rejoining my former coach," said Hendrickson, who played in Los Angeles with Crew head coach Sigi Schmid from 1999-2003. "I won three trophies with Sigi and Columbus is at a point where they made a lot of changes and are heading in the right direction. With my experience, I want to come in and help out wherever I am needed."

The ten-year MLS veteran has not appeared in any games for Chivas this season after starting 31 games for the club in 2005. The native of Layou, St. Vincent, has appeared in 206 MLS games in his career, including 177 starts. He has tallied 21 goals and 28 assists. Hendrickson has also seen action in 31 playoff games, starting 26, and has five goals and three assists.

"Adding Ezra is a big plus for us," said Schmid. "He has championship experience and is a player who I have a long and positive history with and who will be a valuable addition to our team."

The 34-year-old Hendrickson has been a member of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines national team since 1995 and has served as its captain on numerous occasions.

Hendrickson attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kitamirike was signed in the offseason but had appeared in just one game this season, playing 19 minutes as a substitute on April 15.