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).
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
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.
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.
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.”
MLSsoccer.com editors Simon Borg and Jason Saghini highlight the teams who came away as the big winners following Thursday's SuperDraft.
Washington, D.C. - D.C. United announced today that the club has selected three players in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, with University of Akron standouts Perry Kitchen and Chirs Korb joining the Black-and-Red along with University of Denver goalkeeper Joe Willis.