Columbus Crew SC finished off the first day of the MLS Draft by selecting Marshall Hollingsworth from Division III Wheaton College with the 41st pick. The pick was a sandwich pick from MLS to complete the trade that now defunct Chivas USA made for Ryan Finlay in 2014.
Hollingsworth is listed as a forward by Wheaton, but has often played midfield during his career.
During his senior year, Hollingsworth scored 22 goals and added six assists. His proficiency in front of goal landed him on the Division III All-American second team.
The 5'8" Hollingsworth finished his college career with 39 goals and 20 assists in 87 matches. The point total ranks 14th all time in Wheaton history while his points total is the 13th best mark. He was twice first team Division III All-American, during his sophomore and junior seasons.
Hollingsworth was not invited to the MLS Combine, but may have come to the attention of the Crew SC staff during the team's annual college combine they hold in December.
Hollingsworth faces strong competition to make the team. The Black & Gold could use forward depth, but Hollingsworth's size and skillset are more geared to a midfield role.
For the rest of the SuperDraft, Crew SC selected holding midfielder Rodrigo Saravia with the 19th overall pick, attacking-minded midfielder Chase Minster with the 21st pick, and forward Kyle Parker 31st overall.