D.C. United selected defender Taylor Kemp out of the University of Maryland with the 17th overall pick of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. The 22 year old Kemp is listed at 5’11”, 153 pounds and is originally from Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Kemp was a key contributor to the top-ranked Terrapins for four seasons, standing out immediately as an All-ACC Freshman Team pick. By his senior year, Kemp was a two-time Second Team All-ACC selection and a team captain. He appeared in 12 games in 2012 and posted six assists.
“We believe we took the best left back at the combine,” head coach Ben Olsen said in a press release. “Taylor is a local kid and we have watched him for several years now and we are very excited to have him join us in a couple days.
“We’re very excited to be adding a natural left sided defender,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “Taylor is coming from one of the top programs in the country where he has played in many meaningful games over his four-year career. Taylor is a very intelligent, technical player who can defend and get forward in the attack and will provide cover for us on the left side.”
Kemp was a member of the U-18 and U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team pools and has competed internationally as a representative of USA Soccer. He joins Ethan White of D.C. United as a fellow former Maryland standout.