D.C. United on Thursday filled a key need and added some local talent at the same time, taking University of Maryland left back Taylor Kemp in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.
United, who selected 17th out of 19 teams, added the Highland Ranch, Colo., native to provide insurance behind veteran Daniel Woolard, who hasn’t played since suffering a concussion in early August, and third-year player Chris Korb, a natural right back who has filled in on the left.
Kemp was a four-year starter at Maryland with a penchant for joining the attack, recording six in assists in just 12 games this past fall during an injury-plagued senior campaign.
Other local players selected Thursday were Maryland midfielder John Stertzer (No. 12 to Salt Lake), VCU forward Jason Johnson (No. 13 to Houston), and the Georgetown trio of center back Tommy Muller (No. 15 to San Jose), midfielder Ian Christianson (No. 22 to New York) and left back Jimmy Nealis (No. 37 to Houston).