More offseason maneuvering for DC United:
The MLS draft (not sure why they call it the “Superdraft”) yielded 4 players for DC.
1. The first choice was Jacob Murrell, a sophomore forward for Georgetown University. Murrell was a national high school player of the year in 2022 and played for the Annapolis Blues (a semipro team in the National Premier Soccer League) last summer. Jacob is originally from the Baltimore area. He had 11 goals and 4 assists in 19 matches this past fall.
Murrell may return to Georgetown for another season, but DC retains his rights for 2 years, so they can sign him for 2025 if he does so. For us old folks, the Boston Celtics (basketball, NBA) did the same thing with Larry Bird 45 years ago, drafting him a year early, and that worked out very well.
2. DC’s second choice was Brandon Parrish, who is graduating from current national champion Clemson University. Parrish was a midfielder and scored in the championship game; see the YouTube clip below:
Brandon is from Nashville, Tennessee.
3. DC’s third choice was Aldair Sanchez, a defender currently with Sacramento Republic FC in the USL Championship (same league as Loudoun United). Sanchez was born in Vancouver, Washington, and played with the Portland Timbers academy for 5 years. He played college soccer at UNC and also with PDX FC (in USL League Two).
4. DC’s fourth choice was Nate Crockford, a goalkeeper currently at the University of Wisconsin. Crockford played two years at UCLA before moving to Wisconsin. Nate is originally from Northfield, IL.
DC has also obtained Garrison Tubbs from Atlanta for cash considerations (also known as “Garberbucks”). Tubbs just finished 4 seasons at Wake Forest University, where he was ACC defensive player of the year this past fall.
Now we wait on a head coaching decision. Still no word yet.
Happy Holidays everyone.