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Duquesne’s Jayden Da selected by MLS Champions Columbus Crew in SuperDraft’s first round

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In somewhat of a surprise pick, Major League Soccer’s Champions Columbus Crew selected Duquesne University’s Jayden Da with the 29th overall pick in the First Round of the MLS SuperDraft.

With this selection, Da becomes the first Duquesne University player to be selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.

“We’re very happy for Jayden and his family,” Duquesne head coach Chase Brooks added in a University release.

“The Columbus Crew are a great organization and defending MLS champions. The trust and confidence they showed in Jayden by picking him in the first round is amazing, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for him.”

Da, a native of Rockville, Md., appeared in 16 games for the Dukes in 2023, including 13 starts. He ranked second for Duquesne in shots (35), shots on goal (19), goals (7) and points (17) en route to being named to the 2023 United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Third Team.

Registering a point in each of the first six games of the year, Da posted five goals and a pair of assists during that stretch, including both goals in a 2-1 win at Niagara (9/9). Da finished with a trio of game-winning goals during the 2023 season. For his efforts, Da earned a spot on the 2023 All-Atlantic 10 Second Team.

Over the last three seasons, Da has appeared in 46 games for the Dukes, earning 14 starts. He owns 20 career points thanks to eight goals and four assists and has accumulated 48 shots, including 24 on goal. Da has also been successful on his only career attempt with a penalty kick, scoring at Davidson (10/4) earlier this season.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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