D.C. United used only one of their two picks in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft yesterday, selecting University of South Carolina forward Blake Brettschneider with the 21st overall pick.
"Blake is a versatile player, he played wherever he was needed in college, and is a big and strong athlete," said United Assistant Coach Chad Ashton in a statement.
Brettschneider, who earned himself a trial with United as a result of his selection, scored 7 goals and dished 10 assists in 20 games during the 2010 season for the Gamecocks, and finished his four-year college career with 19 goals and 17 assists in a total of 75 games. For his exploits, Brettschneider was selected as the 2010 Conference USA Co-MVP along with Arthur Ivo of Southern Methodist University. The Gamecocks advanced to the third round of the 2010 NCAA College Cup, where they were defeated 3-1 by Michigan.
DC United traded both of their two first-round picks in the Supplemental Draft to the Los Angeles Galaxy last week during the MLS SuperDraft for the right to select goalkeeper Joe Willis with the 50th overall pick in the SuperDraft,which had been held by Los Angeles. United passed on using their third-round selection in the Supplemental Draft, which would have been the 39th overall pick.