DC United SuperDraft Preview: Building the Black-and-Red back up

Ahead of the 2014 SuperDraft, MLSsoccer.com is breaking down each team's needs and potential draft targets. Here's a look at where D.C. United need help:

They're coming off the worst regular season in league history, so it stands to reason that D.C. needs help everywhere. But they've found help pretty much everywhere already, thanks to a busy offseason in which they've collected assets from around the league rather than shop overseas.

One more big splash? That's what United fans will be hoping for on Thursday.

D.C. United SuperDraft Picks: #1 (1st Rd), #56 (3rd Rd), #69 (4th Round)

D.C. United Depth Chart: 25 players

Goalkeepers (3): Bill Hamid, Joe Willis, Andrew Dykstra

Right Backs (2): Sean Franklin, Jalen Robinson

Left Backs (2): Chris Korb, Taylor Kemp

Center Backs (4): Bobby Boswell, Jeff Parke, Conor Shanosky, Nana Attakora

Center Mids (3): Perry Kitchen, Jared Jeffrey, Davy Arnaud

Left Mids (2): Chris Pontius, Lewis Neal

Right Mids (2): Nick DeLeon, Kyle Porter

Attacking Mids (2): Luis Silva, Collin Martin

Forwards (5): Eddie Johnson, Fabian Espindola, Conor Doyle, Michael Seaton, Casey Townsend

International slots (6 of 7 remaining): Porter

D.C. United's Primary Need: Left back

D.C.’s not going to take a left back with their No. 1 overall pick, but it remains the biggest, most glaring need on their roster. Korb is solid enough depth, but not starting quality, and Kemp struggled to adjust to the pace of the game during his rookie season. Best bet, given the dearth of left back talent in the draft, is that they look elsewhere to fill this void. But it’s a void that needs filling.

Targets: Ben Sweat (USF), Robbie Derschang (Akron)

D.C. United's Secondary Need: Flank depth

Pontius is an injury waiting to happen, and DeLeon's sophomore year was one of the most disappointing on record. Both guys are Best XI quality when they're on their best form, but D.C. proved to have no answers when they weren't. That said... there isn't a wide player available at No. 1 that you can justify taking, and what United really need is simply more talent.

Target: Ryan Neil (California), Andre Lewis (Jamaica U-20s), Thomas McNamara (Clemson)


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