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2011 MLS Draft: D.C. United Selects Perry Kitchen With Third Overall Pick

Thanks to their last-place finish in 2010, D.C. United earned the right to pick third overall in the MLS Superdraft today. Due to the somewhat surprising selection of 17-year-old forward Omar Salgado with the first overall pick by the Vancouver Whitecaps, United was able to select the player they'd been targeting all along: Akron midfielder Perry Kitchen.

Kitchen is just 19 years old and is coming off a championship winning season with Akron where he helped anchor and lead the team's defense as a freshman. Kitchen can play either as a box-to-box central midfielder, where he played at Akron, scoring six goals while starting all 25 matches, or as a central defender.

SB Nation's D.C. United blog Black And Red United breaks down the roles that Kitchen could play for the team.

With Kitchen on board, United has unquestionably one of the most talented midfields in all of MLS. Kitchen could either compete for playing time with newcomer Dax McCarty, and holdovers Clyde Simms, Stephen King, and Kurt Morsink for a central defensive midfield role. Or Kitchen could possibly be moved to fullback or central defense. It all depends on how quickly the 19-year old develops.

United will select again with the 31st pick, where the team seems likely to try to address the forward position.