WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 — Bobby Boswell, who once scored a memorable goal for D.C. United in a friendly against Premier League giants Chelsea as a rookie in 2005, is rejoining his old club. United selected Boswell in the stage one of the 2013 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft on Thursday. Boswell started 32 games with the Houston Dynamo in 2013.
United also selected speedy defender Sean Franklin in the draft. Franklin played 33 games (29 starts) for the Los Angeles Galaxy last season.
“We are pleased to welcome Bobby back to United,” said general manager Dave Kasper. “Bobby is seasoned veteran and a winner, and he will provide our back line with solid leadership.”
Boswell earned the 2006 MLS Defender of the Year award with United, as well as an MLS All-Star and MLS Best XI selection that year. He joined the Houston Dynamo in 2008 making 197 appearances and netting nine goals and 6 assists.
Franklin was named the 2008 MLS Rookie of the Year and spent six years with the Galaxy playing alongside David Beckham and Landon Donovan. He played 160 matches (150 started) with the L.A. outfit, helping the flagship club win two Supporters’ Shields (2010, 2011) and two MLS Cup Championships (2011, 2012). Franklin is known for his forays up the flanks and his powerful shot.
“We are thrilled that a high-quality defender in Sean was available in the Re-entry draft,” Kasper. “Sean is in the prime of his career, and we are excited that he is now part of D.C. United.”
With the acquisitions of Boswell, Franklin, and recently Davy Arnaud, United has bolstered its backline and midfield. Now the club needs a goal scorer.
With the first pick in the MLS Draft next month, United will be taking a keen look at Maryland’s leading goal scorer Patrick Mullins who has 16 goals and eight assists going into this weekend’s College Cup.
In other re-entry draft news, former United defender Marc Burch moved from the Seattle Sounders to the Colorado Rapids.
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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