Coming into the 2012 MLS Super Draft the Union did not have any real glaring needs to fill. With that in mind they were able to employ the take-the-best-player-available strategy. In the eyes of the Union brain trust that player was UCLA forward Chandler Hoffman.
The 6'0" Hoffman helped lead the Bruins to the semifinals of the NCAA College Cup. He ended the season tied for fourth nationally in goals (18) and points (42). For his UCLA career he scored 29 goals in 54 games.
In addition to his goal scoring ability he apparently brings some social media savvy. He's active on Twitter (@chandala) and YouTube. Yes, YouTube. In searching for video of him I came across a video he posted of himself scoring goals.
Video after the Jump...Based on the videos I can tell you two things. First, the kid loves his left foot. Second, he certainly knows how to celebrate a goal.
Hoffman, like a number of other recent Union draft picks, is a Generation Adidas player, which means that his salary will not count against the Union's cap. He'll join fellow UCLA Bruins Amobi Okugo and Kyle Nakazawa on the Union roster.
With their first pick of the second round, 32nd overall, the Union selected Creighton midfielder Greg Jordan. With their final pick, the 35th overall, the Union opted to add some dept to the back by selecting West Virginia's Raymon Gaddis.
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Joel Embiid is giving back, joining several NBA players for the Basketball without Borders camp in Africa.
The NBA and FIBA will host 80 boys and girls ages 17 and under from 26 African countries, including Embiid's native Cameroon. It'll be the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders.
The camp will be held from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5 at the American International School of Johannesburg, culminating with the NBA Africa Game 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition pits Team Africa, which includes players born in Africa and second-generation African players, against players from the rest of the world.
It's already been announced that Embiid is on the roster, but not playing, for Team Africa. Embiid, 23, missed the final 37 games of the 2016-17 season with a knee injury. His first NBA season came after he missed the first two years of his career with a foot injury.
There will be a heavy local vibe at BWB this year. Embiid will be joined by assistant coach Lloyd Pierce as well as former Sixers Bruce Bowen, Elton Brand and fellow Cameroonian Luc Mbah a Moute. Philly native Kyle Lowry and Chester native Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will also be there.
Future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki and budding star Kristaps Porzingis will also be among the players on hand.