MSU men’s soccer Tyler Crawford to pursue professional career


Tyler Crawford passes the ball against Michigan on Sept. 27, 2022. Photo Credit: Sarah Smith/WDBM

Jay DeCoster, Women's Basketball Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING – Former Michigan State men’s soccer defender Tyler Crawford announced on Wednesday that he has signed a professional contract with One Pro Sports Management and will pursue a professional soccer career. 

“I want to thank all my teammates, coaches and staff for an enjoyable time here at Michigan State,” Crawford said in a press release. “I’m excited for this next step in my career and I’ll forever be grateful for the opportunity that Michigan State gave me.”

Crawford appeared in all 16 games for the Spartans in his first season, including an appearance in the starting lineup 12 times. The freshman from Lutz, Florida earned his first collegiate point against Chicago State on Sept. 12, recording an assist in Michigan State’s 4-1 win.  

Before MSU, Crawford was a member of the Columbus Crew Academy. He also played for the Canadian U20 National Team in April 2020, making two appearances against Costa Rica.

Crawford recorded 1,152 minutes on the pitch for MSU- the most out of the freshman class. Crawford brought pace and agility to the Spartans’ left flank, frequently defending and attacking the opponent’s wingers.

“We are excited and happy for Tyler in achieving a life-long dream of becoming a professional soccer player,” said head coach Damon Rensing. “Tyler has a bright future and a very high ceiling as to where pro soccer can take him.”

Crawford has not yet indicated where he will be playing professionally.