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Columbus Crew SC add rookies to cement the roster

Goalkeeper Logan Ketterer and Connor Maloney officially sign with the Black & Gold.

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The Columbus Crew SC roster is nearly complete with rookie draft picks with goalkeeper Logan Ketterer and defender Connor Maloney now under contract. Both were drafted by Columbus in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Ketterer, a 23 year old from Bradley University, was drafted in the fourth round, 71st overall. After a distinguished college career, he will back up Brad Stuver and Zack Steffen as the third-choice goalkeeper. He's seen little time in preseason action so far; making the bench against Atlanta United last Saturday.

Maloney was a stand out a Penn State before being drafted in the third round, 49th overall. He was listed as a forward in the draft, but has been used as an outside back so far in preseason. He's played right back in small-game training that was open to the press and played 90 minutes against Atlanta. It's a similar path that the team used with Marshall Hollingsworth, who was drafted in 2016. Maloney projects as a depth player who will likely be loaned

There are now 30 players under contract with Crew SC, the MLS limit with the addition of the Homegrown roster spots this season. Columbus still has space to maneuver on the roster as Gaston Sauro is bound for injured reserve as he is out for the season while Rodrigo Saravia is reportedly going on a season-long loan to Sweden. Crew SC would get roster relief from both moves.

Columbus is now in the final stages of preseason in Charleston, S.C. at the Carolina Challenge Cup after an extended trip to Brazil and a brief stint in Columbus. The club will face the Charleston Battery on Wednesday evening before closing out with the second team playing the Charlotte Independence Saturday morning and the starters facing Seattle Sounders on Saturday afternoon.