The Toronto FC Twitterverse was already abuzz over the mutual termination of Damien Perquis' contract on Tuesday night, when Marcus Haber sent out a cryptic tweet. "In Columbus" the tweet read, followed by a city skyline emoji. It didn't take long for Toronto FC fans to start to put two and two together.
Toronto FC, after all, had been looking for a striker since Jozy Altidore suffered a hamstring injury in May. Haber, a Canadian international, was a free agent after his contract expired with Crewe Alexandra in England. Toronto FC was travelling to Columbus for a game against the Crew, and there was speculation that Haber would be joining them there.
In Columbus— Marcus Haber (@MarcusHaber) July 13, 2016
Today, however, it was confirmed that Haber was in fact in Columbus to talk to the home team in last night's clash, the Columbus Crew. SB Nation colleague Patrick Murphy of the Massive Report, confirmed on Twitter today that Crew manager Greg Berhalter met with Haber, but few other details were offered.
Berhalter confirmed today that he met with forward Marcus Haber. Said he’s a free agent so it made sense. Wouldn’t say more. #CrewSC— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) July 14, 2016
The Crew are currently looking for a striker to backup Ola Kamara, and Haber fits the bill. He is a strong target man who has good finishing both in the air and with his feet. A big problem for the Crew this season has been their lack of a presence in the air to finish off their crosses, and at 6 foot 3 Haber would certainly be a good target.
Haber scored 16 league goals in 76 appearances with Crewe, and his best season came last year on a team who were relegated to League Two in England. Haber has also been a fixture for the Canadian Men's National team under Benito Floro, and has two senior goals for his country. His commitment to the national team is one of the reasons he had difficulty finding another job in England, as Crewe weren't happy with him consistently leaving to represent Canada.
Columbus has plenty of money to spend after the Kei Kamara trade, and are expected to be one of busiest MLS teams in the transfer market this summer. Currently sitting last in the league after last night's 1-1 draw with Toronto FC, they have plenty of work to do if they want to make a playoff push in the second half.
For those thinking it was Toronto who were interested in Haber, that was a deal that never really made much sense. With Jozy Altidore set to return, and Jordan Hamilton scoring his third MLS goal last night, the need for strikers in Toronto is dwindling. Plus, fellow Canadian international Tosaint Ricketts is still a major possibility to be signed.