Chandler Hoffman, center of bottom row, with other SuperDraft prospects in Kansas City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Union select Chandler Hoffman with the 13th overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Chandler is a member of MLS' Generation Adidas program, having signed on as one of nine such players in this SuperDraft cycle.
Chandler was a standout striker at NCAA powerhouse UCLA, the former home of current Union midfielders Amobi Okugo and Kyle Nakazawa. The 21-year-old's 18 goals scored in 2011 was the fourth highest amount in college during last season, and his points per game average of 1.75 was twelfth nationally.
Heading into the 2012 MLS SuperDraft combine, Chandler was not expected to fall out of the top ten in the draft. After the combine it seemed even less likely for him to fall to the Union at 13. His selection now calls into question the future statuses of both Danny Mwanga and Jack McInerney. The Union now have four strikers under the age of 22 in Mwanga, McInerney, Josue Martinez and Hoffman, plus Sebastien Le Toux. Even with McInerney and Martinez due to play at the international level (under-23 and senior national team respectively), playing time will be tough to come by for all four strikers.
The newest Union player can be found on Twitter at @chandala.