Artur, a midfielder who spent the past six years with the Columbus Crew, was traded to the Houston Dynamo on Tuesday in a cash deal.
The Crew will receive $200,000 in general allocation money (GAM) in 2023, a guaranteed $100,000 in GAM in 2024 plus up to another $50,000 in GAM in potential performance-based incentives.
Artur, a 26-year-old Brazil native, appeared in 138 total games for Columbus, making 124 starts. He scored two goals — both in 2020 — and amassed nine assists.
Artur added two goals in 10 playoff games, including the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution in the 2020 Eastern Conference finals. The Crew went on to beat the Seattle Sounders to win the MLS Cup final.
This year, he played in 24 games (20 starts) and had no goals or assists.
“Artur is a proven winner in our league, a true competitor and a leader in the locker room,” Dynamo general manager Pat Onstad said in a statement. “We talked about bringing in winners this offseason and Artur embodies this mentality.
“He will be a unifying presence in the locker room and will add a more physical element to our central midfield next season. I am excited to work with Artur again and welcome him and his family to the city of Houston.”
Crew general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement, “I would like to thank Artur for his contributions to the Crew and the Columbus community over the past six seasons and he will always be a part of our Club’s history and our recent accomplishments, which include raising two trophies.
“We believe this move will give us valuable flexibility as we build our roster for the 2023 season and beyond.”
–Field Level Media