Breaking a three-pick trend, the Philadelphia Union selected Maryland product Zac MacMath with the fifth overall pick. The 19-year-old goalkeeper is unlikely to be expected to start right away, as the Union are reportedly close to agreeing to a contract with former FC Koln goalkeeper Faryd Mandragon. MacMath will likely be given a chance to learn under the 39-year-old.
If MacMath is expected to play, however, he is unlikely to lead his team to the playoffs anytime soon. No goalkeeper younger than 23 has ever led their team to the playoffs, and goalkeepers younger than 25 often struggle early in their careeers.
MacMath, though, comes to MLS with as much pedigree as any keeper. He registered shutouts in 34 of his 64 matches during three seasons at Maryland and has been a starter for U.S. youth teams for several years.