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Four Union Academy grads, Drexel star drafted in MLS SuperDraft

Ben Bender, Ivy Brisma, Seth Kuhn, Daniel Bloyou and Chris Donovan drafted

Chris Donovan on the ball in a game for West Chester United against a Philadelphia Union Academy team
Matt Ralph

For the fourth straight year, the Philadelphia Union didn’t draft any players in the MLS SuperDraft but there were still several players with local ties who had their name called on Tuesday.

Former Philadelphia Union Academy players Ben Bender (1), Ivy Brisma (67), Seth Kuhn (73) and Daniel Bloyou (75) and Drexel star Chris Donovan (68) were among the 77 players drafted.

Other players with local ties include Reading United and Ocean City Nor’easters alum Simon Becher (16), former Nor’easters goalkeeper Alec Smir (62) and Reading United alum Tsiki Ntsabeleng (28). Kuhn and Bloyou also played for Reading United in USL League Two. Donovan played for West Chester United and Bloyou also played for Philadelphia Lone Star in the summer amateur league in 2021.

1- Ben Bender, Midfielder, Maryland - Drafted by Charlotte FC
Baltimore, Md. / Philadelphia Union Academy (2015-16)

16 - Simon Becher, Forward, St. Louis - Drafted by Vancouver Whitecaps
Brooklyn, Conn. / Reading United (2019) / Ocean City Nor’easters (2021)

28 - Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Forward, Oregon State - Drafted by FC Dallas
Johannesburg, South Africa / Reading United (2019)

62 - Alec Smir, Goalkeeper, North Carolina - Drafted by FC Dallas
Greensboro, N.C. / Ocean City Nor’easters (2018)

67 - Ivy Brisma, Forward, NC State - Drafted by CF Montreal
East Windsor, N.J. / Philadelphia Union Academy / YSC Academy

68 - Chris Donovan, Forward, Drexel - Drafted by Columbus Crew
Paoli, Pa. / Conestoga High School / West Chester United

73 - Seth Kuhn, Midfielder, Penn State - Drafted by New York Red Bulls
Wyomissing, Pa. / Philadelphia Union Academy / YSC Academy / Reading United (2019, 2021)

75 - Daniel Bloyou, Forward, Penn State - Drafted by Atlanta United
Accra, Ghana / Philadelphia Union Academy / YSC Academy / Reading United (2019), Philadelphia Lone Star (2021)