The Columbus Crew claimed Fanendo Adi off waivers on Monday, and the club hopes a reunion with coach Caleb Porter can rekindle the 29-year-old forward's MLS career.
Earlier Monday, FC Cincinnati bought out Adi's $1.8 million contract. The Athletic reported the Crew then acquired Adi for a bid of $205,000, leaving FC Cincinnati responsible for the rest of Adi's salary.
Adi scored 51 goals from 2014-17 with the Portland Timbers while Porter was his coach. He scored 16 goals in both 2015 and 2016 and was a key figure as Portland won the MLS Cup in 2015.
However, Adi scored just three goals in 14 matches with the Timbers in 2018. He spent last season with expansion FC Cincinnati and had just one goal in 12 matches (seven starts) and experienced off-field trouble.
Adi was stopped for speeding on March 31 by the Ohio State Patrol and was found to be operating a vehicle while impaired due to a blood-alcohol level of .124. He was suspended by MLS before being reinstated 3 1/2 weeks later.
Adi pleaded guilty to reckless operation and driving without a proper license, according to Cincinnati.com.
"We want to welcome Fanendo to Columbus Crew SC," Crew general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. "Fanendo is a forward whose proven ability as a goal-scorer in our league makes him a valuable addition to our team. We recognize that last year was a difficult year for Fanendo both personally and professionally, and we believe this new opportunity will be beneficial for him as it reunites him with Caleb, under whom he found career-high success."
Overall, Adi has 55 goals and 14 assists in 138 MLS appearances (109 starts).
--Field Level Media