We're spending the first month or so of the D.C. United offseason grading each player on the roster with an approval rating. A vote for APPROVE means you were satisfied with the player's performance and want to see him back in D.C. next season. A vote for DISAPPROVE means you want United to move on without him. There is no middle ground, so please leave salary and contract implications out of your decision.
Chris Korb had some good games and some bad games as a member of the DC United back line. Of course that's a sentence I could use for every single player who served in defense this season, save for maybe Rodrigo Brasesco.
United certainly got value out of their second round pick in the 2011 MLS Draft, as Korb logged 1,020 minutes in 12 starts. Korb is a solid tackler and good crosser when he aggressively gets forward, earning two assists on the year. But he found himself behind fellow Zip Perry Kitchen for the long middle stretch of the season when Ben Olsen elected to prefer more stay-at-home type outside backs. Korb's drawbacks are that he occasionally loses track of his marks, and isn't always the quickest to help provide cover or switch with a teammate when required.
As the least renowned player out of the five guys to get drafted from the College Cup winning Akron team this year, Korb didn't exactly set the league on fire, but he played well enough as a right back to earn one of Olsen's 11 protection slots for the expansion draft last week. Take that as a hint that he'll be penciled ahead of often injured Jed Zayner and Devon McTavish entering training camp next season at the right back position. But also that it may be a position that the team looks to improve via trade, free agency, or international acquisition this offseason.