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MacMath traded to Colorado for draft pick

MacMath will avoid the Re-Entry Draft and head back to the Rapids.

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The Philadelphia Union have traded goalkeeper Zac MacMath to Colorado in exchange for their second-round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft. MacMath had his option declined by Philadelphia and was set to enter today's Re-Entry Draft.

MacMath spent last season on loan with the Rapids, and in exchange the Union received a 2015 second round pick that turned into the now released Eric Bird. Had Colorado exercised the purchase option on MacMath's loan, the Union would have received Colorado's first-round pick in the 2016 SuperDraft, which is second overall. However, it appears that the purchase clause was not exercised and this deal is entirely separate to the original loan agreement.

This is actually a very smart move by the Union as they were able to get a second-round pick for a player that was gone anyway. Had he been selected in the Re-Entry Draft, they would have received no compensation. A second-round pick may not be much, but hopefully the Union, under the Earnie Stewart regime, will be able to find a diamond in the rough.