Gonzalez leaves Crew for Chile

Jan 24, 2008 - 11:16 PM COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) - Chilean defender Marcos Gonzalez on Thursday left the Columbus Crew to return to his homeland with Club Deportivo Universidad Catolica.

The Crew confirmed the deal but did not disclose terms.

Gonzalez, 27, spent two years with Columbus, appearing in 48 games and scoring one goal with one assist.

"Marcos Gonzalez has been a solid contributor to our team over the past two seasons," Crew general manager Mark McCullers said. "Catolica was very anxious to add Marcos to their roster for their upcoming run in the Copa Libertadores and made an offer that we could not pass up and likely would not have seen again.

"While we have lost a very capable defender, we have added significant resources to our club that will be reinvested in our continuing effort to improve this team."

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