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Philadelphia Union acquire Josh Yaro with second pick in MLS SuperDraft

With the second pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the Philadelphia Union select midfielder Josh Yaro out of Georgetown University.

Trey Madara

The Philadelphia Union are being aggressive at the MLS SuperDraft. They acquired the second overall pick in the SuperDraft from the Colorado Rapids for allocation money. With that pick the Union selected midfielder Josh Yaro from Georgetown University. Widely expected to go with the first pick, Chicago picked Jack Harrison instead, leaving Yaro available for the Union to snap up.

A Generation adidas signing, the Ghanian national was an NSCAA/Continental Tire Men's All-America First Team selection for both 2014 and 2015 with the Hoyas, playing in 57 games throughout his college career. He is expected to shore up a Union defense that was suspect in the 2015 season,especially at the center back position. He may be called to start next to Richie Marquez if the Union decide to play newly acquired Anderson Conceição at left back, or could challenge Ray Gaddis at right back. He is described as "freakishly athletic" and could be in the Union's starting eleven on opening day.