Zac MacMath Not Traded, What’s Next for Goalkeeper?


Despite reports that indicated that Philadelphia Union were going to send Zach MacMath to Sporting KC in exchange for CJ Sapong, MacMath remains a Union player on Tuesday. Philadelphia have also decided to leave the young goalkeeper unprotected for the MLS Expansion. So this begs the question what is next for the goalkeeper, and which team will he be on moving forward?

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For starters, the Union have been actively shopping Zac MacMath for a while now. Not being able to complete a deal with another team shows that there appears to be little value for MacMath. Because of this indication, the Union decided to not protect MacMath. They also didn’t protect their Summer signing, Rais Mbohli, either. With a $240,000 salary, it appears his wages would be too steep for either NYCFC or Orlando City to take on for a goalie when they already have solid goalkeeping options.

MacMath only makes $120,000 per year, so New York or Orlando City could pick him up. It would be unfortunate for the Union to lose MacMath without getting compensation in return, but they’ve tried shopping him around for most of the 2014. Yet, no one took the bait in return.

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  • It would not be shocking to see Orlando City and New York not select MacMath during Wednesday’s Expansion Draft. If this is the case, then MacMath would most likely remain with the Union moving into the 2015 season. Andre Blake and Mbohli are frequently called-up to their national teams and MacMath would start when both goalies are away.

    MacMath played well during the 2014 season when he was in net, but Mbohli appears to be the Union’s starting keeper for 2015. MacMath will be the team’s back-up in 2015 if he isn’t selected in the Expansion Draft. It’s possible the Union could find a suitor for him, but there’s a slew of unprotected goalkeepers that teams would seem willing to trade if not selected by Orlando City or NYCFC. Furthermore, these goalies seem to have a better track record and more value to them than MacMath.

    For now, MacMath is still a Union player. Come Wednesday, he could have found a new home, but that seems highly unlikely. Likewise, finding a suitor for MacMath seems to be out of the question now for the Union unless some major development changes. MacMath better get used to being a back-up goalie because that’s what the future appears to hold for the once starting Philadelphia Union goalie.