Understanding the Bobby Boswell Trade

How the experienced defender can help Atlanta United


With D.C. United standing in last place in the overall shield standings and the playoffs seeming like an unreachable goal the club saw fit to trade 34 year old center back Bobby Boswell to Atlanta United for a 3rd round draft pick in the 2019 Superdraft as the club looks for postseason appearances in the coming seasons. Boswell began his career with D.C United in 2005 then joining the Houston Dynamo after 3 seasons with United and once again returned to Washington D.C. after completing 6 seasons with the Dynamo via the 2014 re-entry draft and wore the captain’s arm-band for the club for three years, as his career has begun to see the end his role has diminished in the club after relinquishing the captaincy to defender Steve Birnbaum.


The reason for the move is most likely a reaction by manager Tata Martino in response to the clubs long stretch of games coming up in September, and with the amount of experience Boswell brings to the table, the move seems to have been a smart one by the Argentine manager. The center back comes to Atlanta with only one more season on his contract, making $260,000 in the final season of his contract. Do not expect the Five Stripes to re-sign the defender as Miles Robinson is developing and Boswell will be turning 35 close to the beginning of the 2018 MLS Season.


The trade looks to be a good one for the expansion side as they look to add some experience to not only reach the postseason in the inaugural season, but to possibly play deep into the playoffs. The defender has appeared in 365 games and has only missed the MLS Playoffs only once in 12 seasons, which could prove to be fatal for the less-experienced Atlanta United side. Boswell will look to serve as a possible backup center back or a choice off the bench to help the Five Stripes secure a playoff spot.