D.C. United selected University of Maryland defender Taylor Kemp with the 17th pick in the first round of today’s MLS SuperDraft. Kemp, a four-year starter for Sasho Cirovski at Maryland, will provide depth at the left back spot for the Black-and-Red. Kemp is known for his ability to get forward and hit in quality crosses combined with a very good defensive pedigree.
United had a number of needs heading into the draft but decided go defensive particularly in the light of news today that Belgium side Anderlecht will most likely put in a transfer request for United defender Andy Najar. If Najar does get sold, then Kemp immediately will help out if the concussion symptoms linger with injured defender Daniel Woolard.
Kemp had an injury-filled senior season at the University of Maryland that most likely hurt his draft status. Kemp, arguable the top left-back availabe in the draft, was being considered as a Generation Adidas prospect last winter but decided to come back for his Senior year. Kemp will immediately report to RFK Stadium on Friday to begin training with D.C. United as they start their preseason training this afternoon.
United does not have a 2nd round pick but that doesn’t mean they are finished as the possibility of trading into the 2nd round exists. If United decide not to move up, they do have the Supplemental Draft to deal with next week.