Union Take Goalie With Top Pick

Zac MacMath
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The Union went on the defensive with their top pick in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.

With the fifth overall selection, the second-year team added University of Maryland goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

Later in the draft they went for a couple of potential offensive stars in midfielder Michael Farfan from North Carolina and forward Levi Houapeu Maryland-Baltimore.

MacMath, a 19-year old sophomore, was a first-team all-ACC selection and was with the U.S Youth National teams for a while. The goalkeeper secured a Terps record of 15 shutouts last season.

He was not only named the ACC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player but he boasted 0.64 goals against average with 69 saves at Maryland.

The Union could give him a shot at starting already this season.

Farfan, 22, was named an All-American by the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) and the College Soccer News in 2009 and 2010. This very talented midfielder had 10 goals and seven assists in his two seasons with the Tar Heels after transferring from Cal State-Fullerton.

His offensive abilities could be a bonus for the team in the future.

Houapeu, 21, also offers a large amount of talent with his goal-scoring capabilities. He had 34 goals in his college career with the Terriers and 15 in each of the last two seasons, putting him as the lead scorer in the nation over that period of time.

He also knows how to get his teammates involved. He had 17 assists as well over that the two-year span.

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