January 30, 2004

Denton Returns To Columbus Crew

Jan. 30, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Defender Eric Denton signed a multiyear contract with the Columbus Crew on Thursday that will keep him with the club through the 2005 season.

"From the beginning, Jim (Smith), Greg (Andrulis) and I were on the same page and we were able to get together and come to an agreement that was the best for everyone," said Denton. "Columbus is where I wanted to play. I've bounced around a little bit and Columbus is a place where I feel very comfortable. It's been a great two years here. The team, the fans and the organization are first-class."

The 2003 season was Denton's second year in Columbus and his fourth MLS campaign overall. He was named the team's ADT defender of the year after scoring a career-high two goals, to go along with one assist. The Manteca, Calif., native played in 26 games, including 25 starts.

The former Santa Clara University Bronco has appeared in 89 career MLS games, starting 80. He has four goals and 10 assists for 18 career points.

The left-footed Denton began his MLS career with D.C. United (2000-2001) before playing a half season in Tampa Bay (2001). He was acquired by the Crew in the 2002 dispersal draft after Tampa Bay was contracted following the 2001 season.

"Eric Denton was one of our most valuable players last year," said Crew head coach Greg Andrulis. "He was a versatile key for us on the left side of our formation and I am thrilled that we ' ll be able to continue to count on his contributions for years to come."