Transfers Columbus Crew sell Naess to Heerenveen Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 00:03 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Greg Bartram Transfers Heerenveen Columbus Crew v Sporting KC Heerenveen v PSV Columbus Crew MLS Eredivisie Gregg Berhalter’s side has parted ways with the 24-year-old Norwegian after a year in MLS The Columbus Crew have sold Norwegian defender-midfielder Nicolai Naess to Heerenveen, the MLS club announced Wednesday.Naess, 24, leaves Columbus for the Eredivisie after a year in MLS, having made 31 league appearances. A center back and defensive midfielder, Naess joined the Crew from Norwegian side Stabaek in July 2016.Per MLS policy, details of the deal were not disclosed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina NEWS: #CrewSC has transferred defender Nicolai Næss to Netherlands’ First Division side, @scHeerenveen.https://t.co/7xXKRW3faC pic.twitter.com/cwsJJs7rq3— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) August 30, 2017″Nico is a talented young player with a great character and a bright future. We are happy to reach an agreement with SC Heerenveen that benefits both Nico and our club,” Columbus coach and sporting director Gregg Berhalter said in a news release.”As a club, we take pride in developing the international and professional careers of players on our roster. Nico worked hard for this opportunity and we wish him well in the next step in his career.”Naess’ exit leaves Jonathan Mensah, Josh Williams, Alex Crognale and Lalas Abubakar as the center backs on Columbus’ roster.