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MLS Waiver Draft: Marcus Epps first of four players selected

Philadelphia Union midfielder Marcus Epps was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the 2018 MLS Waiver Draft. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Red Bulls added a player from one of their closest rivals in Wednesday’s Major League Soccer waiver draft. 

Chris Armas’ side traded with the San Jose Earthquakes to move up to first in the draft order and take Philadelphia Union midfielder Marcus Epps. The trade sent a 2019 MLS SuperDraft second-round pick back to San Jose.

Epps was one of four players taken in Wednesday’s waiver draft. The Chicago Fire selected Columbus midfielder Cristian Martinez and LAFC forward Marco Urena, while LAFC selected Ricky Lopez-Espin from Real Salt Lake. The rest of the teams passed on making a selection.

The waiver draft player pool consists of players who are not eligible for the Re-Entry Draft or free agency that either were out of contract and not issued a genuine contract offer for 2019, or didn’t have their options for the 2019 season picked up. 

In the case of the 23-year-old Epps, he did not have his contract options for 2019 picked up by the Union. 

In his two seasons with the Union, the 25th overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, made 32 appearances and scored three goals while contributing three assists. 

The players not selected in the waiver draft are now free to sign with the team of their choice. 

The next step in the MLS offseason is Friday’s Re-Entry draft, which will take place at 3 p.m. ET. 

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