Crew signs Lewis Center native Barson

The Columbus Crew signed Olentangy graduate and Lewis Center native Chad Barson to a Homegrown contract Jan. 10.

Details of the contract were not disclosed, per Major League Soccer and Crew policy.

Barson, who was a defender at Akron and two-year captain from 2009-12, is the fifth Homegrown player in club history and comes a month after the Crew signed Barson’s teammate and Gahanna native Wil Trapp.

"Chad is a strong addition to our team and a player that we've had our eye on for some time," said Crew Technical Director Brian Bliss in a press release. "We're obviously familiar with his abilities from our Youth system, and he enjoyed a successful career at the University of Akron. Chad will make a fine pro and we look forward to his contributions."

Barson started 93 of 95 games at center back. During his four years, Akron finished 78-7-10 and won the national championship in 2010.

Barson is expected to join the Crew on Jan. 17 when they club reconvenes for preseason training.

In addition to Barson and Trapp, other Homegrown players to sign with the Crew included Matt Lampson, Ben Speas and Aaron Horton. Horton, an Olentangy Orange graduate, was the first Homegrown player in club history.