For several weeks, we've been hearing that Perry Kitchen had as high an upside as any player in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. The defensive midfielder/center back is a physical specimen, showcasing athletic ability that had scouts drooling. Despite playing a defensive position at Akron, he scored six goals in his freshman year.
Not yet 19, DC United has a player that has plenty of room to grow. He'll likely play whatever position best suits him, as opposed to wherever he's needed. DC United is coming off one of the worst seasons in MLS history, scoring just 21 goals and posting a -26 goal difference.
Kitchen could potentially help on both ends. He should be a stout defensive player, while still offering some offensive ability on set pieces.