Crew pick up four in the Supplemental Draft

UNC’s Urso, Washington’s Finch, Liberty’s Amoo, and UMBC’s Bulls could add depth

The Columbus Crew added four players to its roster Tuesday via the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. North Carolina midfielder Kirk Urso was selected in the first round (No. 10 overall), Washington defender Jamie Finch in the second (No. 29), Liberty forward Darren Amoo in the third (No. 48) and Maryland-Baltimore County midfielder/forward Andre Bulls in the fourth (No. 67).
 
A 2011 NSCAA All-South Region First Team selection, Urso joins college teammate Ben Speas from UNC where he started 80 of the 91 matches in which he appeared, tallying 15 goals and 24 assists. He started the Tar Heels’ 2011 NCAA Men’s College Cup final victory over UNC-Charlotte and was named to the All-Tournament Team. During his college career, Urso took a semester off to train with Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League and Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga. He is a native of Lombard, Ill., who played for the United States in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2007.
 
“Urso is a very physical player who is a good passer and has a winning mentality,” said Crew head coach Robert Warzycha. “He played in the College Cup each of his four years in school and won the championship this year. He’s a good midfielder who can provide a lot of stability in the middle of the field.”
 
A native of Bellevue, Wash., Finch appeared in 70 matches for the Huskies, scoring one goal and recording 11 assists. He was four-time First-Team Pac-10/12 All-Academic honoree as well as a 2011 All-PAC-12 First Team. In his senior year, he recorded a career-high five assists.
 
“Finch is a left back who passes the ball well,” Warzycha said. “He was not at the (MLS) Combine, but we scouted him at the University of Washington and I think he will provide some depth on the left side for us.”
 
A prolific scorer and native of Accra, Ghana, Amoo appeared in 58 matches and became the Flames all-time leading goal scorer, with 37, while adding nine assists. He led the team in scoring in 2009 and 2010 and tied for first in 2011, earning him All-Big South First Team honors for three consecutive years.
 
“Amoo is a proven goal scorer,” Warzycha said. “He’s always busy up front, opportunistic around the goal and is a finisher. He didn’t play for a big college, but comes from a school that has produced some good players.”
 
Bulls is a versatile player from Baltimore, Md. He appeared in 75 matches at UMBC, tallying 33 goals and is the school’s all-time assists leader, with 30. In 2010 he was third in the nation in assists, with 15, setting an all-time record in the America East Conference. Bulls is also a two-time All-America East First Team honoree (2009, 2010).
 
“Bulls can play as a forward or on the right side in the midfield,” Warzycha said. “If you look at his record, he has gotten a lot of assists and has produced on the right side. He’s very fast and provides great assistance to the forwards.”
 

Pick Club Player Note
1

Kirk Urso
Height: 5-11
Weight: 175
Born: March 6, 1990
Hometown: Lombard, Ill.
Citizenship: United States
2011 Team: North Carolina (NCAA)

Position: Midfielder

2

Jamie Finch
Height: 5-9
Born: Feb. 26, 1989
Hometown: Bothell, Wash.
Citizenship: United States
2011 Team: Washington (NCAA)

Position: Defender

3

Darren Amoo
Height: 5-10
Weight: 165
Born: June 2, 1990
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Citizenship: Ghana
2011 Team: Liberty (NCAA)

Position: Forward

4

Andrew Bulls
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
Born: Oct. 9, 1989
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Citizenship: United States
2011 Team: Maryland-Baltimore County (NCAA)

Position: Midfielder/Forward