United adds 2 in last stages of MLS draft

(D.C. United)
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D.C. United added two prospects to the preseason roster Tuesday, drafting Creighton midfielder Zach Barnes in the third round of the MLS draft and Campbell defender Travis Golden in the fourth.

The first two rounds were conducted last Thursday in Philadelphia, with United selecting California center back Steve Birnbaum in the first round (second overall) and UCLA midfielder Victor Muñoz in the second. The last two stages were completed via conference call.

Muñoz, Barnes and Golden are not under contract and will need to earn roster slots at training camp. Players will report to Washington this weekend before activities begin in earnest next week in Bradenton, Fla.

Barnes, a holding midfielder, began his college career at Southern Methodist and played for the Portland Timbers under-23 squad. He appeared in every Creighton match the past two seasons. Golden is a left back and center back.

[Complete draft results]

United remains in the market for a left-footed left back with experience, General Manager Dave Kasper said last week. At the moment, Chris Korb is the apparent front-runner. Korb, entering the fourth and final year of his contract, agreed to a new, long-term deal this winter. An official announcement is expected soon.

The club might invite additional players to camp in Florida and then Charleston, S.C.

UPDATED ROSTER

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid, Joe Willis, Andrew Dykstra.

Defenders: Sean Franklin (right), Chris Korb (left), Bobby Boswell (center), Jeff Parke (center), Steve Birnbaum (center), Nana Attakora (center), Taylor Kemp (left), Conor Shanosky (center), Jalen Robinson (right), Travis Golden (left/center).

Midfielders: Nick DeLeon (right), Chris Pontius (left), Perry Kitchen (defensive), Luis Silva (attacking), Davy Arnaud (left/center), Jared Jeffrey (defensive), Kyle Porter (left/right), Lewis Neal (left/center), Collin Martin (center/left/right), Victor Muñoz (center/wide), Zach Barnes (defensive).

Forwards: Eddie Johnson, Fabian Espindola, Conor Doyle, Michael Seaton, Casey Townsend.

 

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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