After leading the way in callups for the United States Under-20 side, Philadelphia Union homegrowns Quinn Sullivan and Paxten Aaronson delivered big performances in the U20s opener against Argentina on Saturday.
Homegrowns Brandan Craig and Jack McGlynn joined Sullivan in the Starting XI for Head Coach Mikey Varas with Sullivan opening the scoring with a 42nd minute goal in the friendly. In the second half, Aaronson injected some life into the squad with a 83rd minute strike.
The Union players will conclude their time in Buenos Aires, Argentina with a friendly against Argentine Primera Division club River Plate on March 29. This training camp and friendlies continue the preparations for this summer’s Concacaf U-20 Championship in Honduras, which will serve as qualification to the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The Union hold the most representation from a single team on a roster that features 15 players from MLS and includes 10 Homegrowns.
The training camp will be held in accordance with U.S. Soccer’s comprehensive Return to Play protocols. U.S. Soccer requires all staff and players be fully vaccinated in order to attend USYNT training camps. As a leader in the sport, the health and safety of all participants is the top priority for the Federation.
The matches in Argentina will serve as Varas’ third training camp in charge of the U-20 MYNT after kicking off the cycle with games vs. Brazil, Colombia and Mexico at November’s Revelations Cup. The team also held a domestic January training camp in Bradenton, Fla., facing off against two MLS squads in preseason.