January 13, 2017
PICKING A PAIR
Union select Marcus Epps, Aaron Jones in SuperDraft
LOS ANGELES – The Philadelphia Union selected University of South Florida midfielder Marcus Epps and Clemson University defender Aaron Jones in Friday's MLS SuperDraft.
|The Union traded up in the SuperDraft order to select USF midfielder Marcus Epps.
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Epps was selected by Philadelphia with the 25th overall pick following a trade with Minnesota United FC. The Union acquired the pick from the Loons in exchange for the 42nd overall pick, in addition to $50,000 of 2018 General Allocation Money.
“During today’s SuperDraft, we made two picks that we are very pleased with, players that we had targeted,” said Union Sporting Director Earnie Stewart. “Marcus is a tall, fast player with a great ability on the ball to play one-v-one, and we’re pleased that we were able to trade up to select him. Aaron, meanwhile, is a very smart, intelligent defender who has a great understanding of the game. We look forward to the opportunity to develop both of these players as we welcome them to the Union family.”
Epps, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, totaled eight goals and nine assists for the USF Bulls. A 2015 Second Team All-American Athletic Conference, Epps, 21, made 75 appearances over his four-year college career.
Jones, 22, was selected in the Second Round by the Union eight picks later at 33rd overall. The defender played two seasons at Georgia State University before transferring to Clemson for two additional collegiate campaigns. The Great Yarmouth, England native was Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference in 2014.