Rodrigo Brasesco: “Ir a D.C. United es un paso gigante”

Defensor uruguayo quiere tener un gran año en la MLS
Brasesco y su meta en DC

El próximo martes, Rodrigo Brasesco cumplirá 25 años y los festejará por primera vez lejos de su familia y de su natal Uruguay. Para entonces, el defensor central ya estará instalado en Washington realizando la pretemporada como flamante refuerzo de D.C. United, un motivo más que valido para celebrar.

VIDEO: United's SuperDraft road trip

Highlights from 2011 MLS SuperDraft
VIDEO: SuperDraft road trip

Monday Postgame: DC, Chivas make strides, JPA and GBS in the news

Breaking down Week 8 of the MLS offseason
Monday Postgame

If you’re suffering from a SuperDraft hangover this morning, the MPG is a time-tested hair-of-the-dog cure.

Let’s take another shot of the draft, with a look at how last year’s have-nots did, how the expansion teams fared, and a few potential sleeper picks. We’ll also size up a big-name transfer rumor, and deliver the latest on some erstwhile MLS superstars.

By the time we’re through, your head will be clear, your hands steady, and you’ll be ready to face the day. We promise.

Bottoms up.

The Neediest

VIDEO: Chris Korb interview

The standout defender from the University of Akron is 'ecstatic' to join United
Chris Korb interview

Chris Korb was the club's second pick (31st overall) in the 2011 SuperDraft. The young defender said he is "ecstatic" to be joining United. Korb was a key member of the University of Akron's backline that led the Zips to the 2010 National Championship. Akron's coach, Caleb Porter, called Korb a "very good one-v-one defender" and added "D.C.’s going to love Chris Korb."

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VIDEO: Perry Kitchen interview

Perry Kitchen is 'very excited' to join United and play for Head Coach Ben Olsen
Perry Kitchen interview

Perry Kitchen, the club's top pick in the 2011 SuperDraft discusses joining the Black-and-Red and his eagerness to get started and play for Heach Coach Ben Olsen. Kitchen was selected third overall in the draft and is also a member of the U-20 U.S. National Team (along with United's Conor Shanosky and Ethan White).

RELATED: More interviews and highlights from drafted players

USA to host Paraguay, Argentina in March

Bob Bradley's team will play matches in New Jersey, Tennessee
USA's date with Messi

The United States national team will face stiff
competition as it prepares for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup during the FIFA international fixture window in March. The Stars-and-Stripes will play Argentina on March 26
at the New Meadowlands Stadium, followed three days later by a match against Paraguay in
Nashville, Tennessee.

Akron's coach praises Kitchen, Korb

Akron's coach says United grabbed Zips' "toughest guys"
Praise for Kitchen, Korb

BALTIMORE – D.C. United firmed up their defensive corps in the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, adding Akron phenom Perry Kitchen and two other prospects to new head coach Ben Olsen’s group.

Kitchen, the defender/midfielder who helped the Zips to their first-ever NCAA title last fall, is a native of Indianapolis and can play at both center back, where he has played at the international level, or as a defensive midfielder, his spot in the college ranks.

He’s also a member of the US U-20 team.

Monday Postgame: SuperDraft Edition

Breaking down the 2011 SuperDraft
Postgame: SuperDraft Ed.

Monday Postgame SuperDraft edition

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Despite a complete absence of five-button suits and oversized entourages, the MLS SuperDraft is fast becoming as big-time as the drafts of the NFL and the NBA.

Historically, the event hasn’t been the main pipeline of talent for the league, but that is changing rapidly, as each of the past two draft classes (2009, 2010) have produced multiple players who stepped right into regular MLS playing time, and a few (Tim Ream, Teal Bunbury, Eric Alexander) who played their way to US national team call-ups.

Armchair Analyst: Who Fits? Who doesn’t?

Which SuperDraft picks have the best chance of succeeding?
Analyst: Who fits?

At this time last year, relatively few folks outside of the D.C. United family had ever heard of Andy Najar. Few had any sort of expectations for New York Red Bull draftee Tim Ream. And Sean Johnson was so highly regarded that he was offered a Generation Adidas contract, then so often overlooked that he fell to the 51st spot in the 2010 SuperDraft, where the Chicago Fire happily scooped him up.

Three different players, three stand-out rookie seasons, and three guys who show that, when it comes to succeeding in the league, “fit” can often be as important as “talent.”

Dynamo judged biggest winners of 2011 draft editors rate the teams to come away with the most
SuperDraft Winners

Perry Kitchen - SuperDraft

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Ben Keller/ editors Simon Borg and Jason Saghini highlight the teams who came away as the big winners following Thursday's SuperDraft.

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