Philadelphia Union displayed their youth on the national stage this week in Marietta, Georgia at the 2018 MLS Homegrown Game. Prior to the 2018 MLS All-Star Game, four members of the Union took the pitch for the MLS Homegrown side to take on Tigres U-20s.
The Union tied an MLS record prior to the match with four players selected for the game, matching 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.
Anthony Fontana and Auston Trusty started the first 45 for the MLS side and made immediate impacts as play began. Fontana had two chances to score in the first half, particularly in the In the 19th minute, when the Delaware native found an opportunity in the box, but his shot attempted was stopped by Tigres GK Marcos Barbosa in dramatic fashion to keep the Homegrown Team off the board.
Trusty did his part on the backline assisting in a first-half shutout for the MLS squad. As the first 45 minutes of action closed, Trusty and Fontana left the contest with the Homegrown side up 1-0 on their neighbors from the south.
The second half of the contest featured a special moment for the Union as defender Mark McKenzie started the final 45 on the backline and served as the Captain for the Homegrown squad. McKenzie earned the armband privileges after making a sensational block in the box in front of goal to prevent Tigres from getting a look to even the match.
Matt Real earned 45 minutes of action for the MLS side and created multiple opportunities by pushing up the pitch. Real was able to do his job and cause havoc for the Tigres after suffering three fouls which was tied for the second most of any Homegrown player on Tuesday night.
The match finished even a one each, but the night was special for everyone involved with Philadelphia Union as all four Homegrown invitees earned 45 minutes of action in the contest.