On Friday, all 22 teams from MLS participated in the first two rounds of the 2017 Superdraft. The Union had no picks in the first round after trading their natural selection to the Chicago Fire for the #1 ranking in the MLS Allocation Order during the 2016 season. This allowed the Union to sign Alejandro Bedoya later in the season.
During the draft, Minnesota United traded the 3rd selection (25th overall) of the second round to the Union for the 20th pick of the second round (42nd overall) and $50,000 in 2018 general allocation money. The Union received the 42nd pick after sending Zac MacMath to the Colorado Rapids. With their first pick of the draft, the Union selected Marcus Epps, forward, from USF. Epps can also play right midfield. With the Union already with deep depth in both the forward and right midfield area, Epps will probably see the most minutes playing with Bethlehem Steel in the upcoming season.
With their natural second round pick (33rd overall), the Union selected Aaron Jones, defender, from Clemson University. Jones is primary a right back and will mostly likely be third on the depth chart after Keegan Rosenberry and Ray Gaddis. Jones will probably see the most minutes in 2017 with Bethlehem Steel. However, with the selection of another right back, the Union could trade Ray Gaddis to free up some cap space.
Rounds 3 and 4 of the Superdraft will be held on Tuesday January 17th via conference call. The Union currently hold one pick in the 3rd round (55th overall pick) and two picks in the fourth round (77th and 82nd overall picks).