2016 draft picks

Philadelphia Union Select Four In 2016 MLS SuperDraft

The Philadelphia Union selected Joshua Yaro, Keegan Rosenberry, Fabian Herbers and Taylor Washington during the 2016 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. During a draft day trade, the Union acquired the No. 2 overall pick from Colorado Rapids in exchange for a player to be named later and general allocation money.

With the No. 2 overall pick, 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.

At the No. 3 pick, the Union selected fellow Georgetown product Keegan Rosenberry. The 22-year-old Ronks, Pa. native spent time in the Union academy program before attending Georgetown where he played four seasons. At Georgetown, Rosenberry started 90 games, scored four goals and added 13 assists. In 2015, he was a first team NSCAA Great Lake Region selection and a second team All-Big East selection.

The Union then selected Herbers, a midfielder from Creighton, with the No. 6 overall pick. The Union originally acquired the pick in a trade with Houston Dynamo. Herbers, 22, was born in Ahaus, Germany and played three seasons at Creighton. As a Blue Jay, he scored 28 goals while starting 57 games and was twice named an NSCAA First Team All-American. During his junior year in 2015, he scored 15 goals, registered 17 assists and was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year. He was also a MAC Hermann trophy finalist.

The Union selected defender Washington with the No. 23 pick, the third overall selection in the second round. Washington, 22, attended George Mason University and in 2015 was named to NSCAA Third Team All-Midwest region. During his three seasons at George Mason, Washington started in 52 games and scored one goal and gave two assists. In 2013, Washington was named to Frist Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Philadelphia Union also holds the No. 44 and the No. 64 overall picks in the third and fourth rounds. These picks will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 19 via conference call at 2 p.m.

Joshua Yaro

  • Position: Center back
  • School: Georgetown
  • Date of birth: March 24, 1994 (age 21)
  • Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Citizenship: Ghana
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 163
  • Twitter: @Josh_Yaro_5
  • Acquired: Union selected Yaro with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Keegan Rosenberry

  • Position: Right back
  • School: Georgetown
  • Date of birth: Dec. 11, 1993 (age 22)
  • Place of birth: Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Hometown: Ronks, Pa.
  • Citizenship: USA
  • Height: 5-8
  • Weight: 160
  • Twitter: @K_J_Rose
  • Acquired: Union selected Rosenberry with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Fabian Herbers

  • Position: Midfielder
  • School: Creighton
  • Date of birth: Aug. 17, 1993 (age 22)
  • Place of birth: Ahuas, Germany
  • Citizenship: Germany
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 170
  • Twitter: @fherbers9393
  • Acquired: Union selected Herbers with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Taylor Washington

  • Position: Defender
  • School: George Mason
  • Date of birth: Aug. 16, 1993 (age 22)
  • Place of birth: Somers, N.Y.
  • Hometown: Somers, N.Y.
  • Citizenship: USA
  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 170
  • Twitter: @TaylorW311
  • Acquired: Union selected Washington with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

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