The Union have officially cut ties with goalkeeper Zach MacMath, trading him to the Colorado Rapids for a natural second-round selection in the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

(A natural pick is the highest selection in that round if the team has multiple draft choices).

MacMath, 24, was the Union's first-round draft choice, selected fifth overall, in 2011. In four seasons with the Union, he started 102 games and had a record of 34-39-29. Before last season he was loaned to Colorado, where he played in just three MLS games and two U.S. Open Cup matches.

Receiving a second-round pick was a good move since the Union didn't plan to bring him back. In fact, originally it was thought that MacMath was released, but he was dealt before deadline to decline a player's option.

The Union have now acquired two picks in the 2017 SuperDraft after trading defender Ethan White on Thursday to New York City FC for a natural fourth-round pick.

- Marc Narducci