Completing a draft day trade, the Philadelphia Union sent Zach Pfeffer to Colorado Rapids, along with general allocation money, in exchange for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. The Union selected defender Joshua Yaro with the pick. Per club and league policy, additional details were not disclosed.
"Zach has grown from a 15-year-old teenager to a 21-year-old man during his time with the Union,” Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart said. “His development as a player and teammate both on and off the pitch has been a credit to our organization and we thank him for his devotion and efforts during the past five years.”
Pfeffer, 21, joined the Union on Dec. 22, 2010, signing as a 15-year-old Homegrown player. In five years with the club, he played in 30 games and made 14 starts. He scored three goals, including two in 2015.
At No. 2 during Thursday's SuperDraft, the Union selected Georgetown defender Yaro, 21, who played three seasons with the Hoyas. While at Georgetown, Yaro started 57 games and was named an NSCAA First Team All-American and the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. In 2014, he was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and was also selected as the college Player of the Year by TopDrawerSoccer.com during his sophomore season.
Philadelphia also selected Keegan Rosenberry (Georgetown) with the No. 3 overall pick, and Fabian Herbers (Creighton) with the No. 6 pick. In the second round, the Union selected Taylor Washington from George Mason University.
The Union also hold the No. 44 and the No. 64 overall picks in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. These picks will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 19 via conference call at 2 p.m.