Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath looks to be on the move. According to the Washington Post’s Steven Goff, MacMath will be headed to the Colorado Rapids.
Updated 8:00 am EST on January 6th. Earlier this morning Goff updated his own report. Kevin Kinkead was the first to report the loan move last night with Ives Galarcep confirming shortly after.
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Since 2011, MacMath has appeared in 103 league games for the Union. He was the starting goalie for 2012, 2013, and part of 2014 until the Union signed Rais MBohli to a $240,000 contract during the Summer transfer window. MBohli only appeared in six games in his short tenure so far. Back in January 2014 the Union drafted generation Adidas goalie Andre Blake with the first overall pick. It appeared that MacMath was on the way out and he didn’t take the news of another goalie being drafted No. 1 overall well; at the draft he appeared to yell at his agent after the pick was announced. Yet, MacMath was the no. 1 keeper on the depth chart until MBohli’s entrance. While the MBohli’s performances were a mixed bag, MacMath lost his starting gig not because of his play, but rather the front office and their trust in MBohli. If MacMath is traded to Colorado, he’d compete with Clint Irwin and John Berner. Irwin was the Rapids’ starting goalie the last two season starting in 31 games in 2013 and 25 games in 2014, respectively. Like MacMath, Irwin is a young goalie; Irwin will turn 27 this year, while MacMath will turn 24. It is unknown what the Union will get in return for MacMath in a possible traded. Yet, it probably won’t be more than a sum of allocation monies or a lower round draft pick. Despite rumors before the Dispersal and Expansion drafts back in December despite rumors
Steven Goff is a reputable source within the soccer field and usually does not get things wrong. However, there are always complications with MLS trades and transactions, so something may not work out in the end. Yet, this trade makes sense if MacMath wants to fight for a starting goalie spot (Colorado) instead of being a backup (Philadelphia). CBS Philly and Philly Soccer Page writer Kevin Kinkead responded to Goff’s initial report about MacMath. He also wonders what the Union could get in return.
For now we will have to wait and see if a trade or loan transpires when the January transfer window opens. As Kinkead mentioned, the Union have been trying to move MacMath for awhile now, so don’t be surprised if this move doesn’t play out.