Union's MacMath, Hernandez set for European training stints
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Goodison Park is rapidly becoming Zac MacMath's preferred offseason destination.

For a third straight year, the Philadelphia Union goalkeeper will train with Everton, as the club announced he will depart Monday to begin a three-week stint with the English Premier League club. MacMath trained with Everton after the 2011 MLS season and also did so prior to his final year at the University of Maryland in 2010.

At Goodison Park, MacMath, 21, will link up with U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard and national team goalkeeper coach Chris Woods while spending time with the team that is currently sitting in fourth place in England's top flight. He is coming off a season in which he became the club's full-time starting goalkeeper after the departure of Colombian veteran Faryd Mondragon.

MacMath is not the only Union youngster to head overseas Monday, either, as 19-year-old Homegrown Player Cristhian Hernandez will head to Spanish side Real Sociedad for three weeks as well. Hernandez, one of the Union's more exciting, up-and-coming attacking players, made two appearances with the club during his rookie season.

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