Union select five in MLS Supplemental Draft

Trio of defenders and Philly area native highlight selections

 

The Union selected five players in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft held via conference call between all 19 Major League Soccer coaches on Tuesday afternoon. The Union picked twice in the first round by virtue of a deal made in last week’s MLS SuperDraft when it traded its No. 29 pick to Real Salt Lake for Real’s 31st pick of the SuperDraft in addition to the No. 12 and 17 spots in the Supplemental Draft.

This gave the Union five picks in the four round draft in which the technical staff selected Eric Schoenle (West Virginia), Uriah Bentick (Liberty), Mark Linnville (Princeton), Jake Keegan (Binghamton) and Leo Fernandes (Stony Brook).

With the No. 12 pick, the Union selected Schoenle, a defender and local product from Yardley who attended Pennsbury High School and played his youth soccer for Yardley-Makefield Soccer organization. At West Virginia, the 21-year-old Schoenle who stands six feet, two inches was a first team All-Northeast Regional player in his senior season and was an NSCAA All-America his junior season.

At No. 17, the club nabbed Bentick, a senior defender from Liberty. Bentick, 23, a native of Trinidad and Tobago is a member of T&T’s under-20 national team. He started all 18 matches in his senior season at Liberty, and was a three-time All Big South Conference first team selection.

Princeton’s Mark Linnville was taken at No. 24 and is the third Tiger to be taken in the Supplemental Draft in consecutive seasons. Last season, the Union drafted forward Antoine Hoppenot with the 51st pick. Linnville, 21, is another defender who earned All-Ivy honors in four straight seasons, becoming just the eighth player all-time to do so. As team captain, Linnville anchored a defense that allowed only 0.96 goals per game last season.

Jake Keegan, a forward from Binghamton was selected as the 43rd pick. At Binghamton, Keegan, 21, scored 28 career goals, the most goals since the school switched to a Division I program and ranks sixth overall in program history. A third team NSCAA Regional selection, Keegan ranked second in the America East Conference and 28th in the NCAA in goals scored with an average of 0.61 per game (18 games).

Leo Fernandes, a 21-year-old midfielder from Stony Brook was a three-time America East midfielder of the year and is heralded as the program’s “most decorated player.” The 2009 America East rookie of the year is also the first player from the school to be drafted into MLS.

All five will immediately join the Union during its preseason training currently underway at YSC Sports in Wayne before a move to the Eagles’ NovaCare Complex on Jan. 28. The Union will then conclude its preseason training in Florida based out of the Orlando-Deltona region beginning Feb. 8.

 

Eric Schoenle

Position: Defender

Age: 21

Height: 6-2

Weight: 147

Hometown: Yardley, Pa.

School: West Virginia

 

Uriah Bentick

Position: Defender

Age: 23

Height: 6-2

Weight: 187

Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad

School: Liberty University

 

Mark Linnville

Position: Defender

Age: 21

Height: 6-1

Weight: 170

Hometown: Boone, N.C.

School: Princeton

 

Jake Keegan

Position: Forward

Age: 21

Height: 5-9

Weight: 150

Hometown: Stormville, N.Y.

School: Binghamton

 

Leo Fernandes

Position: Midfielder

Age: 21

Height: 6-1

Weight: 165

Hometown: North Babylon, N.Y.

School: Stony Brook