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Source: Union Were Hoping To Trade Up To Acquire Deshorn Brown

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The Philadelphia Union were trying to move up in the draft in order to select Reading United AC's Deshorn Brown, before he was selected by the Colorado Rapids with the sixth overall pick.

Ned Dishman

The Major League Soccer SuperDraft started off with quite a bang, with trades happening before and during the opening of the event. The Philadelphia Union had hoped to make a splash of their own, a source, with direct knowledge of team draft plans, informed the Brotherly Game.

The source, who asked to remain anonymous because of the ongoing nature of the situation, told the Brotherly Game that Deshorn Brown was the Union's target if they were able to move up in the draft.

"The Rapids just blew up Hackworth's strategy," the source said to the Brotherly Game.

Brown is listed at 6-foot, 2-inches and 170 pounds and scored 13 goals in 16 appearances, 15 starts, for the University of Central Florida this past collegiate season. He also played for Reading United AC, the USL PDL affiliate of the Union.

"He's a finisher," Art Auchenbach, president and general manager of Reading United, told the Brotherly Game. "He played up top in a 4-5-1, and sometimes a 3-5-2-1, with us."

A move for Brown would have surprised most following the Union, considering that the team already has three younger forwards in Chandler Hoffman, Antoine Hoppenot and Jack McInerney, along with Sebastien Le Toux and Conor Casey.