Baltimore, MD, January 14, 2015 – D.C. United moved up two picks in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and selected Syracuse midfielder Julian Buescher with the 11th pick in the first round this afternoon. Two picks later United traded the #13 pick to Orlando City SC for TAM (Targeted Allocation Money) and the #12 pick in the 2nd Round.
Buescher, a German native, was acquired from Sporting Kansas City for TAM. Head coach Ben Olsen said the team got most, but not all, of the TAM traded to Sporting with their trade down deal with Orlando City.
Buescher’s vision and box-to-box ability attracted Ben Olsen and his staff to him at the MLS Combine this past week. “A man among boys,” was the description leveled at Buescher by the MLS draft pundits on the webcast. Buescher was dominant for the Orangemen in the College Cup this past December. Olsen said in describing his new player, “he has a healthy arrogance in making the final pass”. Olsen says he see’s Buescher as a #10, #8 or even possibly as a wide midfielder.
However, Buescher will most likely play in central midfield in tandem with Markus Halsti. Halsti will play deeper and allow Buescher to move forward and join the attack. Davy Arnaud’s concussion issue and Perry Kithchen’s inevitable departure (after failed contract extension attempts) most likely played a big role in acquiring the German midfielder. Arnaud will report to preseason camp and any decision on him will be based on how he responds in camp.
United wasn’t done and later acquired English midfielder Paul Clowes from Clemson with the #12 pick in the second round (via earlier) Orlando City trade. Clowes is a defensive midfielder that covers a ton of ground but he is older than most of the draft picks and will cost United an International Player roster spot.
The 3rd and 4th Rounds of the draft will be conducted next week via a conference call. United has three picks in the 4th Round (#6, #13 and #16).
- potential devastating news as it is being reported that Bill Hamid’s successful surgery on the meniscus in his right knee might put him out for “several months”. Initial reports had the recovery time at approximately 4-6 weeks for recovery
- Forward Jairo Arrieta has ended his time with United after signing a contract with the New York Cosmos of the NASL