D.C. United drafts UCLA attacker

January 22, 2013

D.C. United chose UCLA midfielder Evan Raynr in the MLS supplemental draft Tuesday, the club’s only selection in the four-round process.

Raynr — an attacking midfielder considered by the Bruins coaching staff as the team’s most technical player — had three goals and 10 assists in 16 appearances last season and was a second-team all-Pacific 12 selection. He led the conference in assists.

United is arranging for him to report to training camp in Florida soon.

United selected Raynr with the 17th pick of the second round (36th overall). The supplemental draft is an extension of the SuperDraft, which was conducted last Thursday. United did not have a first-round supplemental pick and passed in the last two rounds.

Raynr’s father David is a Hollywood writer, director and producer, and once was an actor, appearing in the 1970s TV drama “James at 15″ and portraying Sammy Davis Jr. in a Frank Sinatra mini-series in 1992. His portfolio from IMDB.

Several players with Washington region ties were chosen in the supplemental draft:

Virginia F Will Bates (fifth overall by Seattle Sounders)

Georgetown MF Andy Riemer (sixth overall by Los Angeles Galaxy; Georgetown Prep graduate)

Liberty D Uriah Bentick (17th overall by Philadelphia Union)

Ohio State F Chris Hegngi (2nd round by Portland Timbers; DeMatha High graduate, Washington Post All-Met first team in fall 2008)

Old Dominion MF Jordan LeBlanc (2nd round by Montreal Impact)

Old Dominion D Alex De John (3rd round by New England Revolution)

Virginia Commonwealth D Juan Arbelaez (3rd round by Montreal)

George Mason F Taylor Morgan (4th round by Toronto FC)

Old Dominion F Yannick Smith (4th round by Houston Dynamo)

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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