WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2012 - D.C. United has started to fill out its roster for the new season that begins at RFK Stadium on March 10 against Sporting Kansas City.
The club selected three players in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft on Tuesday via teleconference. The club drafted midfielder Lance Rozeboom (2nd round / 26th overall), defender Charles Rodriguez (3rd round /45th overall), and midfielder/forward Matthew Kuhn (4th round /64th overall).
Major League Soccer’s 19 clubs selected a total of 75 players during the four-round draft.
All eligible players who were not selected in the SuperDraft last week and additional players nominated by MLS teams were eligible for selection in the Supplemental Draft.
“We were pleased today to be able to draft Lance, Charles and Matt,” said United general manager Dave Kasper. “Each player has unique qualities and we look forward to getting them into preseason camp with the team to fight for a roster spot.”
The 6-foot-1 Rozeboom was a key member of the University of New Mexico’s undefeated 2011 season and notched three goals and two assists in 22 games.
Rodriguez was a key defensive player for the Charlotte 49ers, starting all but one of 83 games during a four-year career. In 2010, he was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and also scored three goals – all of which were game-winners.
Kuhn started each of the 20 matches he played for Drake University during the 2011 season, leading the team with 11 goals, registering four assists. He was sidelined for the entire 2010 campaign due to a preseason knee injury.
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