SuperDraft History

Here is the list of Columbus Crew SC first round draft picks from the first ever selection in 1996 with Brian McBride to last year's picks of Lalas Abubakar and Niko Hansen. Who will the Black & Gold select with the 21st pick in 2018?

1996 Inaugural MLS Draft

#1 Overall - Brian McBride
Position: Forward
College: St. Louis
McBride played eight seasons and ranks second all-time in Crew SC history with 62 goals. He was the inaugural inductee into the club's Circle of Honor.

1997 College Draft

#3 - Rob Jachym
Position: Midfielder
College: Hartford
Jachym played in only two matches for Columbus, then went on loan to the Milwaukee Rampage of the USISL A-League.

1998 College Draft

#9 - Jeff Cunningham
Position: Forward
College: South Florida
Now Major League Soccer's second all-time leading goalscorer with 134 goals, Cunningham is also the Black & Gold's all-time leading goalscorer with 64 goals.

1999 College Draft

#9 - Matt Chulis
Position: Defender
College: Virginia
Chulis appeared in 10 matches over two seasons with the Black & Gold before signing with the Chicago Fire in 2001, followed by the Portland Timbers of the USL.

2000 MLS SuperDraft

#3 - TRADED*
*Crew SC traded #3 pick to Dallas in exchange for forward Dante Washington.

2001 MLS SuperDraft

#10 - Duncan Oughton*
Position: Midfielder/Forward
College: Cal St. Fullerton
*Crew SC traded #3 pick to D.C. in exchange for the #10 pick and goalkeeper Tom Presthus
The Kiwi appeared in 135 matches with three goals in 10 years. Oughton retired in 2011 to become Assistant to the Technical Director and a TV analyst. 

2002 MLS SuperDraft

#8 - Kyle Martino
Position: Midfielder
College: Virginia
Martino appeared in 106 matches for the Black & Gold with 10 goals in four seasons. In 2002, he was awarded the MLS Rookie of the Year Award. Since retiring from MLS, Martino went on to join the broadcast ranks of Fox Soccer and NBC Sports Network to cover MLS, Barclays Premier League and the U.S. Men's National Team. 

2003 MLS SuperDraft

#7 - Diego Walsh
Position: Midfielder
College: Southern Methodist
Walsh appeared in 14 matches in his rookie season, notching one goal on the year. Following the season, the SMU product was traded to Kansas City in 2004. Walsh last played for TOT S.C. in the Thai Premier League.

2004 MLS SuperDraft

#2 - Chad Marshall
Position: Defender
College: Stanford
 An anchor in central defense, Marshall earned 250 starts, 16 goals, two Supporters' Shields and an MLS Cup with Crew SC. He was also named a two-time MLS Defender of the Year while earning multiple All-Star selections in his 10-year career with the Black & Gold. The centerback was traded to Seattle Sounders FC following the 2013 season.

2005 MLS SuperDraft

#8 - TRADED*
*Crew SC traded its first round selection (No. 8 overall) to LA in exchange for midfielder Simon Elliott.

2006 MLS SuperDraft

#3 - Jason Garey
Position: Forward
College: Maryland
Garey appeared in 83 matches, scoring 15 goals from 2006 to 2010 before being traded to Houston before the 2011 season.

#9 - Kei Kamara
Position: Forward
College: Cal State Dominguez Hills
The Sierra Leone international appeared in 36 matches with five goals from 2006 to 2007. Kamara was traded in 2008 to San Jose in exchange for midfielder Brian Carroll. Kamara re-joined Crew SC for the 2015 season after playing for Middlesborough in the English Championship. He scored 22 regular-season and four postseason goals in his first year back with the Black & Gold.

2007 MLS SuperDraft

#2 - TRADED*
*Crew SC traded its first-round selection (No. 2 overall) to Chicago, along with forward Ryan Coiner, in exchange for forward Andy Herron.

2008 MLS SuperDraft

#6 - Andy Iro
Position: Defender
College: UC Santa Barbara
The big defender from Liverpool tallied five goals in 58 appearances from 2008 to 2011 before being traded during the 2011 season along with Leandre Griffit to Toronto in exchange for midfielder Tony Tchani.

2009 MLS SuperDraft

#15 - TRADED*
*Crew SC traded its first-round selection (No. 15 overall) to New England in exchange for forward Pat Noonan.

2010 MLS SuperDraft

#8 - Dilly Duka*
Position: Midfielder
College: Rutgers
*Crew SC acquired #8 selection from Colorado in exchange for forward Pat Noonan.
Duka appeared in 45 matches with two goals and five assists in three seasons with Columbus. The winger was traded to the Chicago Fire in exchange for Dominic Oduro shortly after the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

#12 - Bright Dike
Position: Forward
College: Notre Dame
Bright Dike was waived before the season and signed with the Portland Timbers in 2010.

2011 MLS SuperDraft

#12 - Rich Balchan
Position: Defender
College: Indiana
Rich Balchan appeared in 19 matches scoring one goal in his rookie season before being hampered with injuries.
#15 - Justin Meram*
Position: Midfielder
College: Michigan
*Crew SC acquired #15 selection from San Jose in exchange for forward Steven Lenhart.
Meram has appeared in 121 matches in five seasons while tallying 19 goals and 13 assists.

2012 MLS SuperDraft

#10 - Ethan Finlay
Position: Midfielder
College: Creighton
The Creighton product has appeared in 97 matches, scoring 23 goals and adding 20 assists during his four seasons with the Black & Gold.

2013 MLS SuperDraft

#9 - Ryan Finley
Position: Forward
College: Notre Dame
Selected ninth overall in 2013, Finley made 14 appearances while scoring one goal and contributing one assist for the Black & Gold. He was traded to Chivas USA during the 2014 season.

2014 MLS SuperDraft

#4 - TRADED*
*Crew SC traded its first round selection (No. 4 overall) to New England in exchange for the right to sign defender Michael Parkhurst.

#14 (from LA Galaxy) - Ben Sweat
Position: Defender
College: South Florida
Sweat started, and added an assist, in Columbus' Fifth Round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup loss to the Chicago Fire. He was waived prior to the 2015 season.

2015 MLS SuperDraft

#19 - Sergio Campbell
Position: Defender
College: Connecticut
In his rookie season, Campbell made his MLS debut for Crew SC against the Philadelphia Union on June 3, 2015.

2016 MLS SuperDraft

#19 - Rodrigo Saravia
Position: Midfielder
College: Florida Gulf Coast
Saravia, 22, was selected No. 19 overall out of Florida Gulf Coast University. The 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year, Saravia has trained with the Guatemala national team and played for the country’s U-23 and U-20 sides. He will occupy an international slot on Crew SC's roster. Saravia did not make an appearance for Crew SC in 2017. He was on loan with Swedish side IK Frej for the 2017 MLS regular season, making nine appearances (two starts) and scoring one goal. Saravia made 10 appearances (one start) in his rookie season with Crew SC, with eight coming at central midfield and two at centerback.

2017 MLS SuperDraft

#5 - Lalas Abubakar
Position: Defender
College: Dayton
In his rookie season, Abubakar made seven appearances (six starts) for Crew SC this season, all at centerback, and scored one goal. While on loan with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, he has made five appearances (all starts). Abubakar played three seasons at the University of Dayton, making 61 appearances (60 starts), scoring four goals and recording six assists during his time there. He was chosen as the Atlantic 10 Conference Defender of the Year, making the Second Team NSCAA All-Midwest Region and the First Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference his senior year (2016). The previous year, the defender was named the Dayton Defensive Player of the Year in addition to earning First Team All-Ohio and First Team Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team honors (2015). In his first season with the Dayton Flyers, Abubakar made the Second Team All-Ohio and the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team (2014). He also played with the Michigan Bucks, winning the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League Championship and being named the USL PDL Defender of the Year (2016). Abubakar has international experience playing for the Ghana Under-20 National Team.
#9 - Niko Hansen
Position: Midfielder
College: New Mexico
In his rookie season, Hansen made 14 appearances (three starts): 11 appearances (three starts) at right midfield, two appearances at left midfield and one appearance at forward, and he scored one goal and recorded two assists. Hansen played four seasons at the University of New Mexico, making 79 appearances (65 starts), scoring 28 goals and providing 14 assists. During his senior year, he earned NSCAA Third Team All-American, NSCAA First Team All-Southeast Region and First Team All-Conference USA honors (2016). As a junior, the forward made the Second Team All-Conference USA and was named the MVP of the TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational tournament (2015). Hansen was named to the Team All-Conference USA and he Grange & Ashwill Memorial All-Tournament Team in his junior year (2014). During his first year at the University of New Mexico, he earned Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors (2013). Hansen also played for the Sounders FC U-23 side in the USL PDL (2014).