With the run to the MLS Cup Final in 2015, Columbus Crew SC didn't have an early MLS SuperDraft pick, but they used their first selection, the 19th overall pick, to take Rodrigo Saravia.
The midfielder played and started for four years at Florida Gold Coast University, scoring two goals and registering seven assists in 67 career games. Saravia was a two-time Atlantic Sun First Team selection as a junior and a senior and was the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year in his final season in college.
As a senior, Saravia started 12 of 13 games in which he appeared, registering a career-high three assists. He led all FGCU field players with 1,097 minutes played and recorded the game-winning assist against Princeton, which snapped the nation's longest unbeaten streak.
In each season Saravia played with the Eagles, Florida Golf Coast won the Atlantic Sun regular season title including an unbeaten 4-0-1 record in conference during his senior year.
During the summer of 2015, Saravia was called into the Guatemala National Team camp and was the lone collegiate and non-professional player to train with el Equipo Chapin. He also spent time with the Guatemalan U23 team in advance of his senior season as they prepared for the Olympics.
After being selected with the 19th pick of the first round, Saravia became the highest Atlantic Sun player drafted in Major League Soccer history and just the third league product to be selected in the SuperDraft.
As a holding midfielder, Saravia will help to add depth to the center of the pitch for Crew SC. As the Black & Gold saw last season, it is difficult to play how the team would like without Homegrown product Wil Trapp holding down the midfield and Saravia has the skills to replace Trapp if he is injured or away on international duty.
The biggest challenge for Saravia is to learn head coach Gregg Berhalter's system. If he is backup Trapp, he must be comfortable dropping into the back line at times and getting back into the midfield to disrupt attacks as well.
We will have more information, including thoughts from Gregg Berhalter following today's SuperDraft.