Welcome back to another edition of Joe Lister’s Three Takeaways, in which the Philly Football Daily writer breaks down the Philadelphia Union’s recent moves, and during the season, games.
In this post-SuperDraft edition, Lister breaks down the three players drafted by the Philadelphia Union this year.
Mike Catalano — Wisconsin; 54th
Catalano is 22 years old, 6’1”, and 190 lbs. He scored a total of 19 goals during his four years at Wisconsin, including 10 in his senior year. Catalano’s shooting certainly isn’t incredibly accurate, with only 55 shots on goal out of 120 attempts. However, his highlight reel is a display of nifty footwork and precise passes and shots.
Right now, I don’t see a slot that he can fit into with the Union, however, Catalano should get some valuable time with Bethlehem Steel and possibly some time in training with the Union’s first team.
Aidan Apodaca — California Baptist University; 55th
Apodaca is 21 years old, 5’9”, and 175 lbs. In his four years at California Baptist University, he’s scored 48 times, and led all NCAA divisions this season with 29 goals. He isn’t much of a passer, however, with only 12 total assists in four years. His shots on goal to shots ratio are also below .500, with 115 shots on goal out of 243 attempts.
But if you ask me, I think Apodaca has a high ceiling.
I am especially impressed by Apodaca’s ability to make a run and finish, which is showcased in his highlight reel. This, in my opinion, is exactly what the Union desperately need.
Personally, I think that Apodaca is a fringe player who has the potential to grab a spot in the first team and get some playing time, too. Nevertheless, Apodaca, like Catalano, has room to and grow with the Union and continue to hone his skills.
Matt Danilack — Dartmouth; 77th
Danilack is 22 years old, 6’2”, and 185 lbs. Over his last four years at Dartmouth, he’s scored 16 times, including six last year.
His highlight reel shows off his quick decision-making ability on both sides of the field. Personally, I think that Danilack, like the Union’s other two selections, needs some time to grow with the club before taking the field. However, Danilack does show the potential to be a good utility player.
Overall, I believe that while these draft picks aren’t as flashy as some of the first and second round selections, I can see them finding a place somewhere in the organization, whether it be with Steel or the Union. And, as we have seen with Jack Elliot last season, there is always the possibility for one of these signings to make an immediate impact.
Thanks for giving the latest edition of Three Takeaways a read. What do you make of the Union’s SuperDraft? Let me know in the comments below. Cheers!