The Philadelphia Union have sent Zach Pfeffer and general allocation money to the Colorado Rapids to complete the deal that sent Colorado's first pick (second overall) in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft to the Union. With that pick, the Union selected defender Josh Yaro, who many people had going first overall.
Pfeffer was the Union's first signing via the Homegrown Player mechanism, signing at just 15 years of age in 2010. He went on loan to 1899 Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga, however he only made a few appearances with their U19 team. He came back to the Union in 2014, however never could seem to fit into the midfield plans of either John Hackworth or Jim Curtin. Since signing with the Union, Pfeffer played in just 30 games. He started 14 of them, scoring three goals - two of which were in 2015.
From the Union's press release, "Zach has grown from a 15-year-old teenager to a 21-year-old man during his time with the Union," Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart said. "His development as a player and teammate both on and off the pitch has been a credit to our organization and we thank him for his devotion and efforts during the past five years."