The Union send allocation money and the second overall pick to United, which took California defender Steve Birnbaum.PHILADELPHIA — The 2013 MLS SuperDraft kicked off with a splash, as the Philadelphia Union acquired the No. 1 overall pick and selected Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake.
The Jamaican shot stopper, a standout at the MLS combine, created a bidding war for his services among other teams in the top five, United general manager Dave Kasper said. With United — which has U.S. international Bill Hamid between the posts — not interested in taking Blake, it was the Union who ultimately finalized a deal to swap picks and send allocation money to D.C.
Blake's acquisition raises questions about the future of incumbent Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath, who is just 22 years old and was taken fifth overall in the 2011 SuperDraft.
United then selected California defender Steve Birnbaum with the second pick, while his college center back partner Christian Dean went third to the Vancouver Whitecaps and Georgetown midfielder Steve Neumann went fourth to the New England Revolution. The Montreal Impact then rounded out the top five by acquiring the pick from FC Dallas and selecting Creighton fullback Eric Miller.