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State pro notes: Finlay signs another contract extension with Crew SC

01/11/2016, 7:45pm CST
Ethan Finlay

As Ethan Finlay (Marshfield) was wrapping up his breakout 2014 season with the Columbus Crew, the Major League Soccer club signed the midfielder to a two-year contract extension. On Monday, on the heels of another huge season, Crew SC announced that Finlay has signed another contract extension.

Terms of the latest deal weren't disclosed. Finlay's guaranteed compensation for the 2015 season was $142,500, according to the MLS Players Union.

The 25-year-old Finlay set career highs with 12 goals and 13 assists in 34 appearances (all starts) in 2015 and was named to the MLS Best XI, becoming the first Wisconsin player to make the honor team. He's currently in training camp with the U.S. national team in Carson, Calif., after his first international call-up.

"Ethan has performed at an extremely high level over the past two seasons and we are pleased to have him commit to the club long term,” said Gregg Berhalter, the Crew's sporting director and head coach. "He is an important part of the core of this team, has embraced the playing style and embodied the team culture from Day One. We feel his national recognition is a result of his day-to-day efforts and we look forward to helping him build on his performances in 2016 and beyond."

Since scoring his first career goal May 17, 2014, Finlay has 23 goals and 20 assists in regular-season play – the only MLS players with more combined goals and assists in that span are the Los Angeles Galaxy's Robbie Keane (55) and the New York Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips (44).

"I've enjoyed my time at Columbus Crew SC and I'm honored to receive this extension," said Finlay, who was the 10th pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and helped the Crew advance to MLS Cup in 2015. "I hope we'll have many more good years ahead of us and I'm happy to be part of this organization for years to come."

On Twitter: @EthanFinlay13

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