Entering 2016, D.C. United knew that Chris Korb would likely not be available for the start of the MLS season. Recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in August 2015, Korb didn’t see a single minute of preseason play. Still, the hope was that he was on track to be healthy sometime early in the season.
That hope never materialized. Due to setbacks in the recovery, Chris Korb never appeared for the Black-and-Red in 2016. Korb was missed on the depth chart, as it was expected that he would eventually challenge starters Taylor Kemp and Sean Franklin for playing time at either wing back position. His ability to play on either side and his hard work ethic on the field would have been useful in 2016. Certainly, it was a frustrating year for the 29-year-old.
The concerns about Korb’s health were around even before this most recent injury. Since he was the full-time starter in 2013, he’s only played in 37 games since (32 starts). Because of this, players like Kemp and Franklin have surpassed Korb in the lineup and you even have Nick DeLeon, who played some games on defense. Still, the versatility of Korb to play on the left or right, when healthy, means he can provide depth in two spots on the back line. When he’s in there, he works hard, and you will never doubt his effort. Ultimately, as a player who makes over $116,000, there will likely be many questions about whether the team brings Korb back at that price. So, we’ll pose the question to you: