D.C. United adds UCLA midfielder in MLS supplemental draft

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D.C. United added one more college player on Tuesday, selecting UCLA midfielder Evan Raynr in the second round (36th overall) of the MLS supplemental draft. He was the team’s only selection, as it didn’t have a first-round pick and passed in the third and fourth rounds. D.C. picked Maryland’s Taylor Kemp in last week’s SuperDraft.

Raynr, 22, had three goals and a Pac-10 best 10 assists for the Bruins in 2012. A Southern California native, his father David is in the film industry. Evan Raynr spent some time with the U.S. residency program as a teenager.

The addition puts the D.C. United training camp roster at 32 players. United completed the signing of 33-year-old midfielder John Thorrington, who was selected in the re-entry draft, and named a number of trialists just before departing for Bradenton, Fla., last weekend. That group includes:

*Kyle Altman, a 26-year-old defender from the NASL Minnesota Stars

*Neven Markovic, a 25-year-old defender to spent time last season with Sporting Kansas City

*Joseph Nane, 25, a midfielder and Old Dominion graduate from Cameroon who has spent the last two years with Colorado

*Demetrius Omphroy, a 23-year-old midfielder who was drafted out of Cal-Berkeley by Toronto FC in 2011 and has one cap for the Philippines national team

*Diego Restrepo, a 24-year-old goalkeeper who played at the University of Virginia and then in Colombia. Born in Venezuela, he’s played for the U.S. at the u-17 and u-20 levels

*Ryan Richter, 23, a midfielder who spent preseason last year with D.C. United and then played for the USL Charleston Battery. He was originally drafted in 2011 by Philadelphia

*Matt VanOekel, a 26-year-old goalkeeper originally from Chesapeake, Va., who played college soccer at Longwood and was teammates with Altman in Minnesota

D.C. United also officially announced the departure of assistant coach Pat Onstad, who was named chief scout and manager of football partnerships at Toronto FC. United has not yet named his replacement.

A number of players with D.C. area connections were also taken in the supplemental draft, including:

*Virginia forward Will Bates, who was selected fifth overall by the Seattle Sounders

*Georgetown midfielder Andy Riemer, picked sixth overall by the Los Angeles Galaxy

*Ohio State midfielder Chris Hegngi, a former DeMatha star and former D.C. United youth player, who was picked in the second round by the Portland Timbers

*George Mason forward Taylor Morgan, who was picked in the fourth round by Toronto FC

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