Union take G Blake with No 1 pick in MLS draft
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake didn't know much about Philadelphia before arriving in the city for Major League Soccer's draft on Thursday.
He'll have plenty of time to learn about it.
In front of a swarm of local fans that flooded the Philadelphia Convention Center, the hometown Union selected Blake with the top overall pick -- making him the first goalie to be selected No. 1.
The Union originally held the second pick but made a surprising draft-day trade with the rival D.C. United to move up, giving up some cash in the deal.
D.C. United got their specific target with the second pick in California center back Steven Birnbaum, one of the most experienced players available. Another Cal defender -- Christian Dean -- was selected with the third pick by the Vancouver Whitecaps.