Duncan Oughton retires, joins Crew front office

Former Cal State Fullerton star Duncan Oughton, a central midfielder from New Zealand and the longest-serving player for the Columbus Crew, retired Thursday and took a position in the club's front office.

Oughton, 33, who spent his full pro career with Columbus after it selected him with the 10th pick of the 2001 MLS draft, missed a year and a half with a major knee injury and saw sporadic playing time after returning in August 2006. Twice he was waived and re-signed, and his went through the re-entry-draft process in Decmeber and officially was a free agent.

The former New Zealand national-teamer will be the Crew's assistant to the technical director, a position that will include, according the club's news release on the move, work in “a variety of functional areas, including community relations, alumni relations, digital content, fan relations and youth player development.”