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Union select Dzenan Catic

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With their first pick of the day, the Philadelphia Union selected forward Dzenan Catic of Davenport University.

Dzenan Catic overwhelmed by finding a home in MLS
Dzenan Catic overwhelmed by finding a home in MLS
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In the second round of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, the Union decided to go with offense and chose 22-year-old forward Dzenan Catic. Through two years at Davenport University of the NAIA, Catic bagged an astounding 63 goals in 47 games, to go along with 14 assists for a total of 140 points.

This past season, Catic was named NAIA National Player of the Year and WHAC Offensive Player of the Year.   He was also named to the 1st Team NAIA All-America and All WHAC.

Before arriving at Davenport, Catic tried to go the professional route, signing with German club Kaiserslautern II when he was 18. In his two years with the club, he only made six appearances for the reserve team, and decided to head back to America after being released. Due to eligibility issues, he could not participate in the NCAA, and therefore found himself at Davenport.

Catic, who will turn 23 in May, will add size up front for the Union with his 6'3" frame. Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz says he will be on the bench, and "hopefully makes the first team."