As was anticipated, the Philadelphia Union added some defensive depth and size with their Supplemental Draft picks.
They also selected players with local connections.
In the first round, the Union had the 12th and 17th picks. At No. 12 they selected Yardley, Pa. native Eric Schoenle, the 6′ 2″ central defender from the University of West Virginia—where he was a teammate of Raymon Gaddis— who was expected by many observers to have been selected in the SuperDraft.
At No. 17 the Union selected another defender, 6′ 2″ Uriah Bentick from Liberty University. Bentick, 23-years-old, was part of a backline which allowed only 0.95 goals per game in 2012 and helped record a Big South-leading nine shutouts. Bentick is also a Trinidad & Tobago youth international.
In the second round, the Union selected Mark Linville, a 6′ 1″ central defender from Princeton University. He finished his senior year at Princeton as captain and only the eighth player in Ivy League history to earn first-team All-Ivy honors in each of his four years in college. Linville is the third Princeton player to have been drafted by the Union after Antoine Hoppenot and Josh Walburn.
In the third round, the Union switched gears, selecting forward Jake Keegan from Binghamton University. He scored 11 goals for the Bearcats in his senior season in 2012.
In the fourth round, Leo Fernandes, the 6′ 1″ midfielder from Stony Brook and Reading United alumni, was selected with the 62nd pick overall. Named the America East Midfielder of the Year three years in a row, Fernandes was named 2012’s Big Apple Soccer College Player of the Year.
Hometown: Yardley, Pa.
School: West Virginia
Hometown: Port of Spain, Trinidad
School: Liberty University
Hometown: Boone, N.C.
Hometown: Stormville, N.Y.
Hometown: North Babylon, N.Y.
School: Stony Brook