Union selects Andre Blake first overall

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Andre Blake was selected first overall by the Philadelphia Union on Thursday.
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University of Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake was selected by the Philadelphia Union with the top pick in Major League Soccer's SuperDraft on Thursday.

Blake, a Jamaican youth international, became the first-ever goalkeeper drafted first overall after winning the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year award last season with the Connecticut Huskies, allowing just 15 goals in 20 appearances during his side's Elite 8 run last season. Blake was also named in this year's Generation adidas class, meaning his contract will not count against Philadelphia's salary cap until Blake graduates from the camp.

"I just want to thank Philly for believing in me and taking me with the No. 1 pick," Blake said from the podium. "Words can't explain right now what I am feeling," Blake added on Union's Twitter account.

On Tuesday, the Union swapped spots with DC United in the MLS allocation ranking, with the Union moving up to No. 1 and United down to No. 6. That will give Philadelphia first dibs on the next United States men's national team player to sign with the league.

Meanwhile, DC United selected Steve Birnbaum, a defender to the University of California, as their second pick of the draft. Fellow California defender Christian Dean was selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps while Georgetown University striker Steve Neumann will head to the New England Revolution after being picked third and fourth respectively.

The Associated Press was used in this report.

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