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Columbus Crew SC Selects Midfielder Chase Minter with 21st Overall Selection

The Black & Gold kicked off the second round of the MLS SuperDraft with its second pick and second midfielder.

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After selecting holding midfielder Rodrigo Saravia with the 19th overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft, Columbus Crew SC stayed in the midfield two picks later.

With the first pick of the second round - acquired from Orlando City SC in a trade for Adam Bedell last season - the Black & Gold drafted Cal Poly midfielder Chase Minter.

Minter finished as the Mustangs' all-time leader in assists (21), second in appearances (77), and fifth in points (53), and seventh in goals (16).

The midfielder started all 59 games for Cal Poly over the last three season and was a two-time Big West Conference Midfielder of the Year.

In his final collegiate year, Minter finished second among Big West players in points (20), third in goals (7) and assists (6), and fourth in shot attempts (50).

Minter is the fifth Mustang to be selected in the SuperDraft, but is the program's highest-ever selection.

It is expected that Minter will compete for the backup role to playmaker Federico Higuain. Although he doesn't play the same style as Crew SC's No. 10, the comparisons are there, though there is still a talent gap between the rookie American and the veteran Argentinian.

Although Higuain rarely misses time, having a solid backup just in case is necessary for head coach Gregg Berhalter. With midfielder Ben Speas no longer with the club, finding a reserve player for that role was essential this offseason.

Minter will join the team for preseason training and compete for a roster spot, looking to make the team and fight his way into the lineup with last year's MLS Cup Finalists.