Columbus Crew SC selected three players in Tuesday's third and fourth round of the MLS SuperDraft held via conference call. Crew SC selected Saint Louis University forward Robert Kristo 55th overall, Georgetown University goalkeeper Tomas Gomez 60th overall, and Midwestern State University (Division II) defender Kalen Ryden 69th overall.
In the first two rounds of the draft last week, the Black and Gold selected University of Connecticut defender Sergio Campbell 19th overall (after making a trade with the Colorado Rapids to move down) and California State-Northridge forward Sagi Lev-Ari with the 35th overall pick.
"We're pleased with the three selections we made today and the five overall picks from this year's SuperDraft," Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter told TheCrew.com. "The selections today give us options and potential depth at several positions. We will continue to evaluate our roster throughout the preseason as we prepare for the upcoming season."
During his college career at SLU, Kristo scored 41 goals and registered 14 assists in 74 games. He scored 14 goals and added two assists on his way to being named 2014 NSCAA First Team All-American and earned his third consecutive All-Atlantic 10 First Team honor. He was the first Billiken to lead his team in scoring all four years of his tenure since former Crew SC player Brian McBride.
Kristo is a bit of a flyer pick as he is expected to sign for an Italian Serie B side this week.
Gomez started 81 matches during his career at Georgetown. He registered 36 shutouts and allowed just 59 goals in 81 games played. He was a member of the NSCAA/Continental Tire All Northeast Region Second Team in 2014 and was Big East Co-Goalkeeper of the Year in 2013.
Ryden spent the last two seasons at Midwestern State after playing for Oral Roberts University from 2009-10. Over that time he made 28 appearances (27 starts) and helped the Mustangs to 13 clean sheets. In both of Ryden's seasons, Midwestern State reached the NCAA Division II postseason.
While at Oral Roberts, Ryden starter 35 matches and was a member of the Summit League All-Newcomer team in 2009.