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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

2017/2018 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
2 Chicago 0 0 0 0
3 Columbus 0 0 0 0
4 DC United 0 0 0 0
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After heavy investment in attack, MLS teams are spending big in defense

Alejandro Moreno explains the importance of MLS teams balancing their attack with a strong defense.

You don't have to go back too far in Major League Soccer to see that high-priced signings were almost the exclusive purview of attacking players. It made sense. In a salary-cap league, that was where teams -- especially those willing to shell out money for the league's highest paid players -- could get the most bang for the buck. But this offseason, there has been a noticeable shift in where teams allocate their precious financial assets.

So far this preseason, based on releases of player signings...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Columbus Crew SC adds midfielder Artur on loan from Sao Paulo

Artur helped Sao Paulo win the Under-20 Copa Libertadores last year.

Columbus Crew SC added Brazilian midfielder Artur on loan from Sao Paulo for the 2017 season on Monday.

Artur, 20, came up through the youth system at Bahia before moving to Sao Paulo, where he impressed in the under-20 squad, helping the team to the Copa Libertadores youth title.

He made four appearances for Sao Paulo's first team last season.

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Columbus signs Ghana international Mohammed Abu from Stromsgodset

Mohammed Abu played for Ghana at the 2012 African Nations Cup.

Midfielder Mohammed Abu joined Columbus Crew SC on Tuesday as a special discovery player from Norwegian club Stromsgodset.

The 25-year-old previously played in La Liga with Rayo Vallecano and Ligue 1 with Lorient.

"Mohammed is a talented, technical player that we believe will fit well into our system and style of play," coach Gregg Berhalter said. "Across his experience in Norway, France and Spain, we believe that a combination of his experience, skillset and character will be a good fit...

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Ola Kamara: Columbus Crew SC are 'very hungry' to improve on last season

Columbus Crew's Ola Kamara talks expectations for himself and his team for the 2017 season.

Striker Ola Kamara says Columbus Crew SC are "very hungry" to get off to a good start in 2017 after a "frustrating" season in which the team missed the playoffs.

Just a year removed from reaching the 2015 MLS Cup, Columbus finished ninth in the Eastern Conference last season, six points out of a playoff spot.

But Columbus has already moved to sign Jonathan Mensah as a designated player this offseason, and Kamara told ESPN FC that the team is looking to make up for the disappointment in 2016.

"I think...