Mark McKenzie vs. FC Dallas

Homegrown product Mark McKenzie earns first MLS start

Philadelphia Union Homegrown defender Mark McKenzie made his MLS start on Saturday night in the team's second road match of the season at FC Dallas. Although the club fell 2-0 to the hosting team, the youngest member of the squad's lineup made history.

McKenzie registered 90 minutes in the match and became the 100th player to make a start for Philadelphia. Out of his 59 total passes, the young gun earned a 96.6 percent passing accuracy with four accurate long balls.

While playing alongside Homegrown Auston Trusty, McKenzie recorded one clearance, one tackle and two blocked shots on the night. 

Like any player, the defender recognizes what he has learned from his first full MLS match and how he is going to improve moving forward.

"There's a few positioning things I need to work on. I’ll go back to training this week and watch film this week and try and find the errors in my game so I can fix them," McKenzie said.

McKenzie and the rest of the Union will return to Talen Energy Stadium this weekend as they host Eastern Conference side D.C. United in a Rivalry Night matchup. Kick off is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on UniMás.


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