Philadelphia Union were extremely busy during the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. The club was able to obtain the first six picks in the draft. Josh Yaro was selected No. 2 overall, moments later Yaro’s Georgetown teammate Keegan Rosenberry was picked No. 3. Fabian Herbers a striker from Creighton was the third and final pick in the first round for the Union at No. 6
In Columbus the trio started together for the second time this season. The first time they appeared on the field together as starters was against Vancouver, but in Columbus the rookies dominated the match. Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin praised his rookies for how they performed on the road in a match late in the season.
“Every player young and old goes through ebbs and flows of a season. This is their first time where now they’ve put together seven months now after a college season that’s two or three with a spring season,” Curtin said. “So, you usually see a dip in form, but for Keegan, for Josh, for [Fabian] to step up the way they did tonight in what I would call a big boy game.”
Herbers got the Union on the board by notching his second career goal. Both of his goals this season have come against Columbus. Yaro provided incredible speed on the defensive side of the ball to cut down on Columbus’ attacks.
MLS All-Star and Rookie of the Year candidate Keegan Rosenberry provided the game-winning goal for the Union just 62 seconds after Columbus tied the match at one. Rosenberry is the only player in MLS to play every minute this season and Curtin praised his No. 3 overall pick after the match.
“I think Keegan is the best rookie in our league right now,” Curtin said. “I think he has established himself as such, again, maybe he’s going to have to score goals because that’s what everybody loves to vote for is the goal scorer. But, he’s played every minute for us, he’s a warrior, he’s done well.”
Philadelphia has built their season on young talent guiding them throughout the season. Their ability to take control of matches have helped the Union stay in playoff contention for the entire year. Rosenberry spoke after the match about how the younger players on the roster feel on their squad.
“It’s a tribute to the leadership for just how the young guys feel,” Rosenberry said. “We have a voice, like we have a part, like we feel at home with the team. That’s what gives us the confidence to come out here and play, especially on the road.”
It will be a quick turnaround for Philadelphia as the club returns home to Talen Energy Stadium this Saturday to host Sporting Kansas City. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be televised on The Comcast Network. Tickets are still available by calling 1-877-21-UNION or visiting //www.philadelphiaunion.com/tickets.