Depth isn't something we are acclimated to yet with the Philadelphia Union, but given the new regime's picks in rounds 3 and 4 of the SuperDraft, we might have to warm up to the idea.
Enter Mitchell Lurie who became the Union's third round (44th pick) in the SuperDraft today. Joining the Union by way of Rutgers University, Lurie put up some impressive numbers as the go to choice at center back for the Scarlet Knights, with six assists in 21 starts. His efforts were enough to land him Second Team All-Big Ten honors and the Oregon native has ties with the Premier Development League having played for the Ocean City Nor'Easters as well as the Portland Timbers U23s.
Rounding out the draft for the Union is another winger in Northwestern University's Cole Missimo. Missimo put up some promising numbers over his career with the Wildcats grabbing 26 points in a four-year span including a standout 14 points in 18 games with the club in 2014. Missimo was also named to the Second Team All-Big Ten and even scored against the relatively stingy Rutgers defense that included Lurie when the two teams faced off last year.
Both seem to be good selections given what's normally available late on in the draft, more so when it's considered that a fair amount of teams didn't select at all in rounds 3 or 4. Time will tell if the Union have found some diamonds in the rough who can make the starting 18 day one or if Bethlehem Steel just added some more promising talent.