Union select goalie with No. 1 pick, who says Philly is 'the place for cheesesteaks or something'

Union select goalie with No. 1 pick, who says Philly is 'the place for cheesesteaks or something'

When you trade up and take the consensus best player in the draft, it's hard not to call it a successful day.

Whether that player turns into a top notch pro talent is another story. Hi, Mr. Bennett!

The Philadelphia Union traded up in today's MLS SuperDraft to select goalkeeper from the University of Connecticut and the consensus best player available, Andre Blake.

The team swapped the second overall pick plus allocation money for the opportunity to select Blake number one overall.

Blake was the first goalkeeper ever taken in the No. 1 slot at the MLS draft. Here's the scouting report on him from the league site:

A Jamaican youth international, the 6-foot-4 Blake was impressive at last week’s MLS Player Combine in Florida after a junior season with the Huskies that saw him win the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year award and win his third consecutive nod to the NSCAA All-American team. He allowed just 15 goals in 20 matches last season while leading the team to the Elite 8 for the third straight year.

Current Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath was believed to be in attendance at the draft today in Philadelphia.

A goalie battle is sure to develop down in Chester. One area in which MacMath has a clear edge is knowledge of Philadelphia and its idiosyncrasies.

But hey, he may be the LeBron James of goalies. That's interesting if not hard to wrap your head around:

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.