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Goff: Atlanta United close to acquiring Bobby Boswell

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Some center back depth coming?

MLS: New England Revolution at D.C. United Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Just when you thought Atlanta United would be quiet in the summer transfer window, Steven Goff of the Washington Post drops a bomb in our laps out of nowhere. Goff reported late Monday night that the Five Stripes are close to acquiring veteran center back Bobby Boswell from D.C. United.

The report states that it is not known what Atlanta would be sending to the nation’s capital in return for the defender, but that a draft pick is the likeliest compensation.

Boswell is a 34-year-old veteran of MLS playing in D.C. for the majority of his career with a pit stop in Houston. He’s played in just 10 matches this season for the worst club in the league but does have a goal to his name. The Texas native started for D.C. in their 3-1 win in Atlanta earlier this season.

If this trade does come to fruition, it’s hard to see Boswell replacing anyone in Tata Martino’s starting lineup. What he would add is some needed depth at center back. With the fixture list jam packed from late August through the end of the season, bodies will be needed. While Boswell isn’t the fleetest of foot or the youngest, he does bring a veteran presence that could help eke out results down the stretch of the season.

What do you think about this possible move? Does it make sense?