With their first pick in this year's draft, the fifth overall, the Philadelphia Union selected University of Maryland and U.S. Under-20 National Team goalkeeper Zac MacMath.
Yes, that means we've got another goalkeeping controversy on our hands. And yes, it means Peter Nowak has some real explaining to do.
MacMath spoke with reporters after the pick, and you can read the quotes here. I'll have a video interview with MacMath up on the blog tonight.
With their second pick, the 23rd overall, the Union selected University of North Carolina midfielder Michael Farfan. He is a versatile player and an attacking type, who was on the U.S. roster at the 2005 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Other players on that squad included Jozy Altidore, Omar Gonzalez and Union midfielder Kyle Nakazawa. The team was coached by current Union assistant John Hackworth.
With their third pick, the 41st overall, the Union selected University of Maryland-Baltimore County forward/midfielder Levi Houapeu. I've seen him listed at both positions, and when in the midfield he's played as a winger. Houapeu, a native of the Ivory Coast, scored 15 goals in each of his last two seasons at UMBC, and in his junior year he also dished out 13 assists.
Follow along below for updates from the rest of the draft.
BALTIMORE - Greetings from the land of crab cakes and Black-Eyed Susans. This city's convention center, situated just a goal kick's length from Camden Yards, is the hub of the American soccer universe for the next few days.
As I wrote yesterday, the Major League Soccer SuperDraft is the marquee event today. In this morning's Daily News, Kerith Gabriel analyzes the choices the Union could make - and reports a quote from assistant coach John Hackworth that the club already "has our guy" figured out for the first round.
(There's also some non-draft news at the end of the story - the reason why the club hasn't officially signed Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon yet is trouble with his transfer and visa paperwork.)
I'll be hosting a live chat during the SuperDraft, which starts at 12 p.m. Eastern Time. The first round will be broadcast on ESPN2, and the remaining two rounds will be streamed on Major League Soccer's website.
There are lots of other events going on as well, including a reporters' roundtable with newly-appointed U.S. women's national team technical director April Heinrichs. I've been told that U.S. Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati may also be in attendance, so there will be a lot to talk about.
And of course, there will be plenty of general soccer chatter on Pratt Street and in the convention center's hallways. So I'll be posting on Twitter throughout the morning. You can follow my updates in the console below, along with the latest MLS news and rumors from beat writers across the league.
Here is the latest SuperDraft order of selection as of late Wednesday night. Click here for MLS' live draft-tracker and a recap of all the picks that have been traded so far.
|Pick||First Round||Second Round||Third Round|
|1.||Vancouver Whitecaps||Vancouver Whitecaps||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|2.||Portland Timbers||Portland Timbers||Portland Timbers
|3.||D.C. United||Seattle Sounders||D.C. United
|4.||Chivas USA||Portland Timbers||Chivas USA|
|5.||Philadelphia Union||Philadelphia Union||Philadelphia Union|
|6.||New England Revolution||New England Revolution||New England Revolution|
|7.||Houston Dynamo||Red Bull New York||Houston Dynamo
|8.||Vancouver Whitecaps||Toronto FC||Toronto FC|
|9.||Chicago Fire||Chicago Fire||Chicago Fire|
|10.||Sporting Kansas City||Columbus Crew||Sporting Kansas City|
|11.||Houston Dynamo||Seattle Sounders||Seattle Sounders|
|12.||Columbus Crew||Red Bull New York||Columbus Crew|
|13.||Red Bull New York||D.C. United||Red Bull New York
|14.||Chivas USA||Sporting Kansas City||Real Salt Lake
|15.||Columbus Crew||San Jose Earthquakes||San Jose Earthquakes
|16.||Los Angeles Galaxy||Los Angeles Galaxy||Los Angeles Galaxy
|17.||FC Dallas||FC Dallas||FC Dallas|
|18.||Colorado Rapids||Colorado Rapids||Colorado Rapids
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