INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven added to its back line on Friday afternoon with the acquisition of defender Alex Crognale on loan from Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC for the 2019 USL Championship season. The loan agreement is pending league and federation approval.
“We’re really happy to have Alex here in Indy. He’s got great USL Championship experience and had a successful season last year,” said Indy Head Coach Martin Rennie. “He brings a lot height and power to our backline. He’ll be a great addition to the squad. He’ll bring more danger to our set plays, as well as more ability for us to defend on set plays.”
Crognale, a native of Columbus, Ohio, signed an MLS Homegrown contract with the Crew in 2016, foregoing the MLS Super Draft and allowing him to join the side directly after spending four years with the Maryland Terrapins.
Crognale made his professional debut in Columbus’ 2-0 victory against DC United on March 18, 2017. The 24-year-old went on to make 22 appearances with the Crew before being loaned to USL Championship side Orange County SC in 2018. Crognale scored four goals in 26 appearances for the Californian side as it finished top of the Western Conference a season ago.
During his tenure with the Terrapins, the 6-foot-5 center back made 73 appearances and scored 11 goals. Crognale earned 2015 First Team All-America honors and captained his team to a third straight Big Ten Tournament Title while earning Defender of the Year in 2016.