Atlanta United added defensive reinforcements Tuesday by acquiring Bobby Boswell from DC United for a 3rd round pick in the 2019 Super Draft, according to Steven Goff of The Washington Post.
Boswell, 34, would provide defensive stability and another veteran presence in the dynamic expansion team's locker room. He also adds another aerial threat to a team that has been striking fear in the heart of no one on set pieces. The draft pick in question is still a question and will likely depend on how much of Boswell's salary Atlanta has agreed to take on.
To balance the roster, Atlanta will be removing oft-injured CB Zach Loyd from the senior roster, per Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He will be placed on the season-ending injury list.
Atlanta fans have seen Boswell before, as part of the defense that flustered the dynamic Atlanta attack not once but twice. He appears to be one of many moves DC United are making as they retool one of the worst teams in the league ahead of their move to Audi Field next Summer.
Boswell instantly becomes Atlanta's most experienced MLS player with over 350 games played in his career and gives the team more options at a position that is suddenly thin with the move of Anton Walkes to the right side.
While on the surface the move may be a bit confusing make no mistakes about it, this is a move by a team thinking about a playoff push. This isn't the sort of move Atlanta makes if they're in Minnesota's position. Atlanta has a slew of homes games during the stretch run and are in prime position to possibly host a playoff match. It also suggest that while Atlanta has high hopes for Miles Robinson, they don't feel that he's ready to be thrown in the fire in the middle of a playoff race.
Despite being one of the youngest teams in MLS, Atlanta has built their defense on experience and leadership and this move suggests that was not a coincidence. League veterans like all-star Michael Parkhurst and Jeff Larentowicz -- having arguably the best season of his career -- have partnered with dynamic and experienced internationals Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez and Carlos Carmona to form the spine of a rapidly improving defense. Boswell figures to slide into the rotation as Parkhurst and Pirez rest during the chaotic September schedule.
Boswell will travel to Atlanta in the next day or so and begin training before turning around and traveling back to DC for Atlanta's next match where they hope to have Greg Garza and Josef Martinez back healthy.