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Crew Acquires Two Draft Picks In Exchange For Partial Allocation

January 20, 2006 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Columbus Crew SC News Release

PHILADELPHIA (Friday, January 20, 2006) - The Columbus Crew announced today that is has acquired New England's second round pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft (13th overall) and a third round SuperDraft pick in 2007, in exchange for a partial allocation. The third round pick in 2007 is New England's pick that they acquired from Chivas USA in an earlier trade.

"This move not only helps us this year but next year as well," said Crew Head Coach Sigi Schmid. "The addition of the 13th overall pick this year now gives us three of the top 13 selections."

With the addition of New England's second round selection (13th overall), The Crew now owns five picks in the four-round draft (12 picks per round), including two first-round selections, the third and ninth. Columbus now also has the 13th, 27th and 33rd overall picks.

Columbus has also acquired two additional picks in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, a conditional pick from Colorado in the Chris Wingert trade and a third round pick from New England from this trade.

The 2006 MLS SuperDraft is today, January 20, in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Crew obtained their second first-round pick after sending Jeff Cunningham to Colorado on January 14, 2005. Columbus does not have a second-round pick after sending their natural second-round pick to FC Dallas for Cornell Glen on April 26, 2005, who has since been traded to Colorado for defender Ritchie Kotschau. The Crew does not have a fourth-round pick after a January, 24, 2004 trade with D.C. to acquire Devin Barclay.


First round, 3rd overall

First round, 9th overall

Second round, 13th overall

Third round, 27th overall

Third round, 33rd overall

The Crew's home opener is set for Saturday, April 15, vs. the Eastern Conference rival Chicago Fire. The national television schedule has not yet been finalized, so the start time. MLS kicks off its 11th season on Saturday, April 1. The complete 2006 schedule will be announced at a later date.

Crew fans can get a "Put out the Fire" Home Opener Pack for just $60, which includes four midfield vouchers, and can become Crew Soccer Nation members by purchasing Season Tickets now, including a new three-game season ticket package with prices starting as low as $24 for three games. All ticket packages are available exclusively through and 614-447-CREW.

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