Union Select Three in MLS SuperDraft
Philadelphia added three youngsters to their roster on Thursday via the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, beginning with US U-20 national team and Generation adidas goalkeeper Zac MacMath with the fifth overall selection in the first round. The club went on to select midfielder Michael Farfan with the 23rd overall pick and midfielder/forward Levi Houapeu with the 41st overall pick.
MacMath, 19, was a First-Team All-ACC selection at the University of Maryland in 2010 and was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Year (First Team). MacMath was named the ACC Tournament's Most Valuable Player after shutting out top-seeded North Carolina in the title match and Virginia in the semifinals. He started all 23 matches for the Terps, boasting a 0.64 goals against average with 69 saves, securing a Maryland program-record 15 shutouts.
WATCH: 1-on-1 with Zac MacMath
As a Sophomore, MacMath was a NSCAA Third Team All-American and First Team All-ACC selection, as well as First Team All-South Atlantic Region. He posted a 0.88 GAA in 2009. As a Freshman in 2008, MacMath was the NCAA statistical champion in goals against average (0.44), tying a Maryland-program record for shutouts in a season with 12. He finished the year with a spectacular 19-1 record, including 19 straight wins, making a sliding save against North Carolina in the national championship game to preserve a 1-0 win for Maryland.
MacMath was a member of the United States National Team residency program in 2006, competing with the U-17 team at the 2007 FIFA World Cup where he started two games in goal. He has also been a member of the U-18 and U-20 national team pools, touring with the U-23 team in China. More recently, MacMath started for the U.S. under-20 squad during their championship run at the MILK Cup in Northern Ireland in July. The youngster trained informally for a week alongside World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard at English Premier League club Everton in August.
Farfan, 22, was a two-time NSCAA First Team All-American at the University of North Carolina in 2009 and 2010. He was also a College Soccer News All-American in 2009 and 2010, First-Team All-ACC in 2009 and 2010, as well as a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist in 2010. The versatile midfielder registered 10 goals and seven assists in his two seasons at UNC after transferring from the University of Cal State Fullerton. Farfan was also a member of the 2005 US U-17 World Cup squad.
WATCH: Farfan highlight reel
Houapeu, 21, was named the America East Athletic Conference Striker of the Year in 2010 out of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The Ivorian scored 30 combined goals in 2009 and 2010, 15 each season, leading the nation in points over the two-year span. Houapeu notched 17 assists in the same period of time, including 13 in 2009.
WATCH: Houapeu highlight reel