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D.C. United select Zach Barnes and Travis Golden in the MLS SuperDraft

With its picks in the MLS Supplemental Draft third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Zach Barnes and Travis Golden.

Can either of today's picks become the next Lance Rozeboom? (without the injury)
Can either of today's picks become the next Lance Rozeboom? (without the injury)

While D.C. United is often said to have a penchant for good drafts, the third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft (formerly known as the first two rounds of the MLS Supplemental Draft) are not likely to produce players that stick on MLS teams. Out of D.C. United's recent draft picks in such a situation, only Joe Willis remains with the team; Brandon Barklage is one of the only other choices that is still with any MLS team. The players selected today will be battling throughout training camp with trialists from abroad, USL, and NASL for the last few spots on the roster.

With their third round draft pick, D.C. United selected Zach Barnes, a midfielder out of Creighton who has previously played with the Portland Timbers U-23 team. In both 2012 and 2013, he started every game for the Bluejays, and tallied one goal and one assist this past season. Barnes is a box-to-box central midfielder, whose scouting report says is a one- and two-touch passer rather than a dribbling central midfielder. The scouting report also says that he could be an option at outside back. Creighton has also provided us with a YouTube highlight video, so take a gander at that:

D.C. United's fourth round pick was Travis Golden, a center back out of Campbell University who is projected to make the switch to left back if he is to have a career at the MLS level. Our own Chest Rockwell predicted this pick, so let us go back to what he has to say about Golden:

That said, Simon Borg's "best of what's left" piece on MLSsoccer makes Travis Golden out of Campbell sound like someone worth taking a flier on. United's right back will be pretty attack-minded no matter who lines up there, so a guy like Golden - who it must be said is a conversion project, though unlike most of those he'd be moving from center back - is worth consideration if he's still available in the 4th round. Maybe I'm just desperate for a left back, but Borg makes Golden sound like a better fit for United than Taylor Kemp was in 2013.

Here are the full results for today's third and fourth rounds:

Third Round

Team Pick Blog
39. Portland Timbers George Fochive, Uconn, D Stumptown Footy
40. Chivas USA Kris Tyrpak, Houston Baptist, M The Goat Parade
41. Sporting Kansas City Peter Schmetz, UC Santa Barbara, D The Daily Wiz
42. Columbus Crew Fifi Baiden, UC Santa Barbara, M Massive Report
43. FC Dallas Nicholas Walker, Farleigh Dickinson, D Big D Soccer
44. Philadelphia Union Richard Marquez, Redlands, D Brotherly Game
45. Crew Adam Bedell, Detroit Mercy, M/F Massive Report
46. Union Alex Sweetin, St. Louis, M Brotherly Game
47. San Jose Earthquakes AJ Corrado, Indiana, M Quake, Rattle and Goal
48. Montreal Impact Pete Caringi, UMBC, F Mount Royal Soccer
49. Colorado Rapids Tolani Ibikunle, Wake Forest, D Burgundy Wave
50. New England Revolution Pierre Omanga, Southern New Hampshire, F The Bent Musket
51. Vancouver Whitecaps Michael Kafari, New Mexico, M 86 Forever
52. Union Aodhan Quinn, Akron, MF Brotherly Game
53. Real Salt Lake Joey Dillon, Georgetown, M RSL Soapbox
54. Houston Dynamo Michael Lisch, New Mexico, GK Dynamo Theory
55. Seattle Sounders Stefano Rijssell, W Connection, M/F Sounder at Heart
56. D.C. United Zachery Barnes, Creighton, M Black and Red United
57. Sporting KC Alex Martinez, NC State, M The Daily Wiz

Fourth round

58. Whitecaps Mackenzie Pridham, Cal Poly, F 86 Forever
59. Chivas USA Michael Nwiloh, Georgia State, D The Goat Parade
60. Toronto FC Kene Eze, Rutgers, F Waking the Red
61. Chicago Fire Zach Bolden, Denver, M Hot Time in Old Town
62. FC Dallas Ronny Mendoza, Manta FC (Ecuador), D Big D Soccer
63. Union Luca Gimenez, Wake Forest, M Brotherly Game
64. Whitecaps Michael Calderon, New Mexico, M 86 Forever
65. Fire Kadeem Dacres, UMBC, M Hot Time in Old Town
66. Earthquakes Devante Dubose, Virginia Tech, D Quake, Rattle and Goal
67. Impact Jordan Ongaro, San Diego State, F Mount Royal Soccer
68. Rapids Albert Edwards, Lindsey Wilson Burgundy Wave
69. D.C. United Travis Golden, Campbell, D Black and Red United
70. Real Salt Lake Daniel Jackson, Coker College RSL Soapbox
71. Timbers Victor Chavez, UCLA, F Stumptown Footy
72. LA Galaxy pass LAG Confidential
73. Timbers Nikita Kotlov, Indiana, MF Stumptown Footy
74. Earthquakes Billy Knutsen, American, GK Quake, Rattle and Goal
75. Fire Byran Ciesiulka, Marquette, M Hot Time in Old Town
76. Sporting KC Reinaldo Brenes, Akron, F The Daily Wiz
77. Sounders Fabio Perieira, Michigan, M Sounder at Heart