The Columbus Crew have added another dimension to their attack by securing the transfer of Democratic Republic of the Congo winger Cedrick Mabwati from Spanish club Real Betis, and he will move to MLS in the summer.
Cedrick is a 22-year-old winger who has spent his entire professional career in Spain to this point, but he will bring plenty of quality and bundles of pace to the Crew attack when he completes his switch in July.
The DR Congo international is currently playing in the African Cup of Nations with his country, where he has made three appearances and picked up one assist.
The Real Betis man is on loan with fellow second division side Osasuna this season and he will see out the remainder of that spell before heading stateside to join head coach Gregg Berhalter and the Columbus Crew squad.
“Cedrick is a young, versatile player with international experience who can make an impact at any of our four attacking positions,” Berhalter said. “He is another player with considerable potential identified by our international scouting network and we look forward to him joining our team this summer.”
Cedrick moved to Spain during his early teens and joined Atletico Madrid’s youth academy at just 13. He represented Atletico’s B team 54 times, scoring four goals before joining Numancia.
He went on to make 111 appearances for Numancia, scoring 13 goals and picking up nine assists. Real Betis then gave him a chance to play in Liga BBVA in the summer of 2013. Cedrick bought out his Numancia contract for a mere €1.20 and completed his switch to Betis.
He enjoyed his debut in the top tier of Spanish football, picking up an assist against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in a solid performance and Crew fans should be excited about the acquisition of the versatile attacker.
Video: Cedrick showing pace against Sergio Ramos before picking up an assist (via La Liga on YouTube):
Real Betis were relegated at the end of the 2-13-14 campaign and Cedrick then joined another side who were relegated from La Liga in Osasuna. He has picked up three assists in 14 appearances this season and will end the current campaign before completing his move to Columbus.
At 22, Cedrick is a player who has lots more to give and he will certainly get fans off their seats at Crew Stadium in 2015. That rapid flash of yellow running down the touchline, that’ll be Cedrick.
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