D.C. United sign first-round pick Kimarni Smith

Aug 21, 2019; Washington, D.C., USA; D.C. United fans celebrate against the New York Red Bulls during the first half at Audi Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

D.C. United signed first-round draft pick Kimarni Smith for the 2021 season.

The deal announced Monday includes options for the 2022, 2023 and 2024 campaigns. Terms were not disclosed.

The forward was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft out of Clemson, where he tallied 26 goals and 11 assists in 63 games (43 starts) from 2017-20. He turns 23 on Sunday.

“Kimarni has proven himself as one of the top offensive players in college soccer and we believe his dynamic qualities will help add to our roster,” said Dave Kasper, general manager and vice president of soccer operations, in a team release. “Kimarni possess a unique skillset that combines technical ability with a strong athletic profile, which will be important in our playing style this season.”

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Smith, a native of Nottingham, England, was named the MVP of the 2020 ACC tournament after leading the Tigers to the championship. He finished the season with eight goals and three assists in just 11 matches.

–Field Level Media