Perry Kitchen | Midfielder | D.C. United | Age: 23
Last Year in 24 Under 24: #18
2015 Stats: Matches played: 30 - Goals: 3 - Assists: 1
What do you call a team full of relentless and productive, yet unspectacular players?
You call them winners.
No team in MLS embodies that ethos quite so much as D.C. United, and nobody on D.C. wears those tags quite so proudly as Kitchen, the fifth-year defensive midifielder who is at the heart of everything they do on both sides of the ball. His game is simple, uncomplicated and utterly reliable, which is exactly what you want from that spot on the field.
What the technical staffers say: "At 23, with 150 professional appearances and the abilities he shows on the ball, his discipline, his grit … where guys like [Matt] Miazga are learning that side of the game, Perry’s got it. His range of distribution is solid, his technique is solid, and his ability to compete is above the others we’ve discussed.
"He understands the envornment, and at this point, he makes the environment. He's a leader, and a winner."
What Opta Sports says: Perry Kitchen has played 2,561 minutes in MLS 2015, only teammate Bobby Boswell and Sounders defender Tyrone Mears have played more this season. Since 2011, Kitchen (13,654) ranks third in MLS minutes played across all players behind only Boswell (13,880) and Jeff Larentowicz (13,767).
- READ: Why Kitchen's got next - and what he has to learn
- WATCH: Kitchen gets himself a brace with a blast from distance
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