With no first-round picks in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on Friday in Los Angeles, the Union were still able to add what they were looking for.
The club made a splash early in the second round by trading the 42nd overall pick, originally acquired by sending Zac MacMath to the Colorado Rapids, and $50,000 in 2018 General Allocation Money to Minnesota United for the 25th overall pick.
With that selection, the Union selected Marcus Epps, an athletic right wing midfielder out of the University of South Florida. Epps, listed by MLS at 5-foot-10, is 22 and scored eight goals and nine assists in 75 games over four seasons with USF.
Even with their move up the second round, the Union still possessed their original pick -- the 33rd overall selection. There, they added depth by drafting aggressive 5-foot-9 right back Aaron Jones out of Clemson.
Jones, who hails from Great Yarmouth in the U.K., transferred from Georgia State to Clemson for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.