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Columbus Crew SC Selects Midfielder Luis Argudo

January 22, 2018 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Columbus Crew SC News Release

COLUMBUS - Columbus Crew SC today selected Wake Forest University midfielder Luis Argudo (pronounced: loo-EES are-GOO-doe) with the 21st pick (67th overall) in the Third Round of the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, held this afternoon via conference call.

Argudo, 22, played two seasons at Wake Forest University from 2016-2017, making 48 appearances (40 starts), while registering nine goals and 10 assists. In 2016, his first year at Wake Forest, Argudo made 25 appearances (17 starts) and tallied one goal and four assists. In 2017, his senior year, he made 23 appearances (all starts), scoring eight goals and six assists en route to being named to the 2017 All-South Region team.

Prior to joining Wake Forest, Argudo attended Elon University from 2014-2015, where he made 39 appearances (29 starts) and recorded one goal and three assists. During his freshman year, Argudo made 18 appearances (10 starts), scoring one goal and notching one assist. He followed that up by making 21 appearances (19 starts) in 2015, recording two assists.

On Friday, Crew SC selected three players in the first two rounds of the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Black & Gold selected Virginia Tech goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard with the 21st overall pick in the First Round. In the Second Round, Crew SC selected University of Virginia forward Edward Opoku with the ninth pick (32nd overall) and University of Maryland midfielder Jake Rozhansky with the 21st pick (44th overall). Opoku is a member of the 2018 Generation adidas class and was immediately added to the Black & Gold roster.

Under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, the 2018 MLS Preseason begins on Wednesday, January 24, at SuperKick in Lewis Center, Ohio after entrance physicals and testing. From there, the club departs to Casa Grande, Arizona for its preseason camp on Friday, January 26. Crew SC is slated to remain in Arizona through February 6 before traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii to participate in the inaugural Pacific Rim Cup from February 6-11. Following the conclusion of the Pacific Rim Cup, the club travels to Charleston, South Carolina to participate in the 2018 Carolina Challenge Cup. More information on Season Ticket Memberships for the 2018 season at MAPFRE Stadium is available at ColumbusCrewSC.com.

TRANSACTIONS: Crew SC selects Wake Forest University midfielder Luis Argudo with the 21st pick (67th overall) in the Third Round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on January 21, 2018.

Name: Luis Argudo (pronounced: loo-EES are-GOO-doe) Position: Midfielder Height: 5'9" Weight: 150 Born: December 13, 1995 in Queens, New York Hometown: Queens, New York Citizenship: United States Drafted: Selected in the Third Round in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft with the 21st pick (67th overall) on January 21, 2018 Previous Experience: Wake Forest University (2016-2017), Elon University (2014-2015)

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC: Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and in 2015, Crew SC was crowned MLS Eastern Conference Champions in the organization's 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters' Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 201 8 campaign is the Black & Gold's 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium -- the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm's sports and entertainment business enterprise, and the club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in three of the four seasons since, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

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