Ex-Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz joins Columbus Crew

MLS outfit Columbus Crew sign ex-Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz on a free transfer.

Former Middlesbrough defender Emanuel Pogatetz has joined MLS club Columbus Crew on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old, who also played for Bayer Leverkusen, was released by Nuremberg at the end of last season.

Columbus manager Gregg Berhalter is quoted as saying by NBC Sports: "We think Pogatetz is a great addition to the roster.

"A highly-experienced defender, captain of his national team - over 60 caps for Austria – in the Bundesliga, Premier League, you name it. Tons of experience."

Pogatetez made 123 appearances for Middlesbrough between 2005 and 2010.

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