D.C. United was not that active during the recent Major League Soccer drafts because the club selected just two players.
University of Maryland defender Taylor Kemp was taken with United’s first-round pick, 17th overall, during last week’s SuperDraft. On Tuesday, UCLA midfielder Evan Raynr was selected during the league’s supplemental draft.
Taylor Kemp was part of a Maryland program that prided itself on defense during his four-season career. The Terrapins recorded nine shutouts during his freshman season in 2009, when he was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference and Soccer America’s freshman first team. The shutout total increased to a program-record 15 in the following season. Kemp was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference member during his junior and senior seasons.
“Taylor is coming from one of the top programs in the country where he has played in many meaningful games over his four-year career,” said general manager Dave Kasper. “Taylor is a very intelligent, technical player who can defend and get forward in the attack and will provide cover for us on the left side.”
Kemp also was a member of the U-18 and U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team pools and traveled to England and Argentina as a player on the American youth national teams.
Evan Raynr comes to D.C. United after leading the Pac-12 Conference with 10 assists last season, which also was fourth-best in NCAA Division 1. He earned second-team honors on the All-Pac-12 Conference team. Another four-year collegiate player, Raynr started getting looks during the 2010 NCAA Tournament when he scored two goals in a second-round contest. That helped him secure honorable mention on the All-Pac -10 team, an achievement he repeated in 2011.
“Evan comes from a great program at UCLA,” said assistant coach Chad Ashton. “He is a very dynamic and quick attacking player that we feel can fit into our system. We look forward to bringing him into camp and getting to see him closer.”
Raynr spent time in residency with the U-17 U.S. Men’s National Team and also saw time with the U-18s.