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Philadelphia Union Academy grad Andrew Verdi drafted by DC United in MLS draft

Ivyland, Pa. native drafted in the third round

Philadelphia Union Academy grad Andrew Verdi will get a chance to impress with D.C. United after being selected in the third round of the MLS Draft on Monday.

Verdi, an Ivyland, Pa. native and 2016 YSC Academy graduate, was drafted with the 13th pick of the third round and the 65th overall.

He was the second goalkeeper taken by D.C. United in the draft after they selected Temple goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre with the 21st pick in the first round. They acquired the pick from the Philadelphia Union for their allocation order (17th) and up to $50,000 in general allocation money tied to performance metrics.

Andrew Verdi playing for the Philadelphia Union U19s in 2016
Photo by Matt Ralph

D.C. United currently has three goalkeepers on their first team roster — Bill Hamid, Chris Seitz and Earl Edwards Jr. — and Colin Miller signed to Loudoun United.

Verdi spent four seasons at the University of Michigan, making 28 appearances all in the 2017 and 2019 seasons. His senior season was cut short by injury but he was still named Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year and selected to the All-Big Ten First Team.

He spent time over summer breaks with the West Chester United U23 and NPSL teams. Prior to joining the Union Academy, Verdi played for FC Delco and Bucks FC.

Verdi was the third Union Academy alum drafted in the 2020 SuperDraft. Jack Skahan and Joey DeZart were both selected in the second round last week.