10. Columbus Crew: Sam Garza, F/M, UC Santa Barbara
Sam Garza is a versatile player in college and will be an asset for a Crew team without an immediate need, but could use some depth on both wings. While he is listed as a forward, he saw considerable action at right wing in college. He can also play at left wing, where current starter Dilly Duka could miss time with the Olympics and his backup Bernardo Anor was a bit inconsistent in his rookie season. He is an offensive weapon, scoring 17 goals and logging 10 assists in two years at UC Santa Barbara. The Generation Adidas contract provides a couple of benefits. He now has the time to develop slowly, much like the team's handling of Dilly Duka and the GA contract doesn't count against the cap. That's very useful to a team that has made several international signings this winter. Garza's appeal is in his potential. He's not an immediate starter, but will have time to grow into an MLS calibre player.
26. Crew: Kenney Walker, M, Louisville
Kenney Walker is a pick that will add depth for the Crew. He's a smart, tempo controlling midfielder during his time in Louisville who can play a holding role while providing defense. He's able to make passes and keep the ball moving. He may not be MLS ready, but with Tony Tchani, Danny O'Rourke and Rich Balchan able to play holding mid, Walker wouldn't be expected to contribute immediately. He does fit the mould of a Crew midfielder. Warzycha looks for his midfielders to do double duty, moving the ball around while screening the back line. While Walker wouldn't be certain to make the team, his skill on the ball and his willingness to control tempo are very attractive qualities and he wouldn't expect to contribute his rookie year. He may be given the time to develop into a solid professional player.
29. Crew: RJ Allen, FB, Monmouth
RJ Allen is an attacking presence at outside back and will provide depth for a Crew team still a little thin on the back line. Known for his offense, in four years at Monmouth he tallied seven goals and 23 assists while playing solid defense at right back. As his assist totals show, Allen certainly likes to attack and is able to deliver crosses into dangerous areas. While playing in a smaller conference, he was a three time all-Northeast Conference and helped Monmouth to three NCAA tournament appearances. Allen will have to make the big jump to MLS. He won't unseat starting right back Sebastian Miranda, but he can certainly press Corey Veeder and move up the depth chart. With a little time, he could turn into a valuable player; someone who can create offense from the fullback spot.
These picks were made by Patrick Guldan, the managing editor of Crew blog Massive Report.