The 2014 MLS Super Draft started out with D.C. United having the first pick, but the team with the second pick, the Philadelphia Union, traded up in order to select goalkeeper Andre Blake with the top selection. Blake is the first goalkeeper to be selected first overall in the history of the MLS SuperDraft.
It will be seen by many as a surprise move by the Union because Blake didn’t seem to be the player that United would target first with their selection. D.C.’s defense hemorrhaged goals last season, so the assumption was that the Union would select a defender like Christian Dean or who they selected, Steve Birnbaum. However, it was a great move by the Union to assure themselves that no one would trade with United in order to steal away a future talent like Blake.
Blake played goalkeeper for the Connecticut Huskies and is a Generation Adidas player. Leading up to the draft, many MLS scouts said that Blake was one of the few players who impressed immediately. It is very likely that Blake will start immediately for the Union as they attempt to make it to the 2014 MLS playoffs, because current goalkeeper Zac MacMath made some negative comments about Union management after the Michael Bradley transfer to Toronto FC.
The Sons of Ben will be very happy with their team as they look to build on top of an already extremely talented and young squad with the addition of Blake. Expect big things from the Union in the future, and expect their no. 1 overall pick to make an immediate impact for the potential MLS Eastern Conference contenders.