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With the fifteenth selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, the Philadelphia Union selected Coastal Carolina’s Pedro Ribeiro.
Ribeiro is a 6’4″ do-it-all player. He has average speed but makes up for it with superb technical ability and an eyebrow-raising passing range. As a second team All-American and Hermann trophy semi-finalist in 2013, Ribeiro showed he could continue to improve even as he was clearly the best player in the Big South Conference.
His 11 goals and seven assists led Coastal Carolina to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament, and his creativity and confidence were on display during his senior season.
The Union traded down from the 6th spot to the 10th spot, then again down to No. 15 before selecting Ribeiro.