Four Philadelphia Union Players Named to 2018 MLS Homegrown Game Roster
CHESTER, Pa. - Major League Soccer announced today that four Philadelphia Union players have been selected to participate in the fifth annual MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer. Anthony Fontana, Mark McKenzie, Matt Real and Auston Trusty are all headed to Atlanta to represent the Union and MLS in the annual showcase.
The team, to be coached by Atlanta United Academy Director Tony Annan, features some of the league's most accomplished young stars. The MLS Homegrown team will take on Tigres UANL's Under-20 side on Tuesday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground (UDN / Twitter.com).
With four players selected for the game, the Union have matched the all-time MLS record for the most players chosen from one club in Homegrown Game history. That mark is tied with Real Salt Lake's four players from the 2016 Homegrown Game.
This is set to be Trusty's second trip to the MLS Homegrown Game after being selected last season. He becomes the second player in Union history to make two Homegrown Game rosters, joining Zach Pfeffer (2014, 2015). Fontana, McKenzie and Real, meanwhile, become the fourth, fifth, and sixth players to represent the Union at this event all-time, joining Trusty, Pfeffer, and Derrick Jones.
One of the many highly anticipated events during the week of events surrounding 2018 MLS All-Star Atlanta, the MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer? provides an annual platform in which to showcase MLS' burgeoning young talent and demonstrate the growth of the League's youth development system. MLS academies continue to attract and cultivate top-flight prospects and have now produced over 170 Homegrown Players who have signed professional contracts with MLS clubs. Vital to the long-term success of their clubs, Homegrown Players now serve more important and visible roles than ever, with academy products logging a record number of goals, assists, minutes and games played in 2017. Of note, the 94 assists compiled by Homegrown Players in 2017 is more than double the total compared to 2016.
Media planning to cover the MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer, the Special Olympics Unified Sports All-Star Soccer Match presented by MLS WORKS and ESPN, along with the 2018 MLS All-Star Game may now apply for credentials. MLS All-Stadium credentials, team season credentials and credentials from previous MLS and SUM events will not be recognized for any of the media events surrounding the All-Star Game. Credential applications must be received by Wednesday, July 18.
Philadelphia Union MLS Homegrown Game Selections
2014: Zach Pfeffer
2015: Zach Pfeffer
2017: Derrick Jones, Auston Trusty
2018: Anthony Fontana, Mark McKenzie, Matt Real, Auston Trusty
2018 MLS Homegrown Team Roster
Goalkeepers: JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Sean Melvin (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Defenders: Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union), James Sands (New York City FC), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy), Chris Durkin (D.C. United), Anthony Fontana (Philadelphia Union), Liam Fraser (Toronto FC), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United), Wan Kuzain (Sporting Kansas City), Cameron Lindley (Orlando City SC), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake)
Forwards: Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United), Ben Mines (New York Red Bulls)
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