Goalkeeper Zac MacMath and forward Cristhian Hernandez will continue to hone their skills in the offseason with European clubs in England’s Barclays Premier League and Spain’s La Liga, the club announced today. MacMath and Hernandez will depart today for three week training stints with Everton and Real Sociedad, respectively.
For the third straight year, MacMath will travel to Everton to train alongside U.S. men’s national team goalkeeper Tim Howard. The fifth overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, MacMath, 21, stepped in as the Union’s starting goalkeeper this season, earning eight shutouts and a 68.9 save percentage in 2,880 minutes. He also posted the second longest scoreless streak in MLS this season, going 408 minutes without allowing a goal.
Signed as the Union’s third Homegrown Player on March 5, 2011, Hernandez saw action in two matches for the club as a rookie. The 19-year-old registered one shot in 26 minutes of action.